Water Damage Restoration
Water damage can be a real nightmare to to clean and repair. However, it’s not impossible and you’ll be surprised there are plenty of resources to help you in your plight.
An earthy, musty, or sour smell is often the first indication that you have sustained some water damage or rotting. Fuzzy or discolored mold growths are a tell-tale sign that something has been too damp for too long. Unusual stains after an area lies dormant for too long is another sign that the area has gotten wet or been damaged by moisture. If wood surfaces are peeling, cracking, or blistering (barring they aren’t just very old) it’s safe to assume that the wood has been swelling in result of being wet.
Water Damage Cleanup
The first step in the water damage cleanup process is allow as much air as possible to flow through the area in question. Whether it’s air conditioning, turning up the heat, or just opening a window/door. Airflow is key in reducing the damage already done by rot, mold, and moisture.
If you are able, take any damaged items outside providing it’s not too damp or rainy.
Do not risk any of your electronics by turning them on if they are/have been wet. This could cause a serious malfunction, a short, or worse you could electrocute yourself. Call an electronics specialist for further counsel. Electronics that appear to have gotten wet or damaged by water are one of the most common problems for any electronics repair professional.
Common household cleaning products are your go-to when dealing with any water damage cleanup. Alkaline-based products are the best to use as they don’t typically wash out the colors of fabrics, wood, or many surfaces. Bleach will help get those nasty stains out of your lighter colored fabrics and rugs.
Water Damage Repair
Damaged drywall is probably the most prominent issue when dealing with damage caused by water. The first thing you want to do is assess the damage. Drywall is very heavy on it’s own, and it becomes even heavier when waterlogged. You will want to probe the drywall with a thin hard cylindrical item. Waterlogged drywall is very pliable and loose, simply stick the object in as far as you can until you meet forcible resistance and mark the item where it stops. Spot test in several areas to determine how much drywall has to be replaced.
More Info on Water Damage Repair can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_damage_restoration