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Causes Of Water Damage Is A Long List
Water damage to walls and flooring can come from flooding, roof leaks and those pipes that burst or leak and storms that bring the elements from outside inside and from other events.
Getting everything taken care of begins with identifying the cause of the water damage. Then creating the solution, along with repairing the water damage. Repairing the condition, that caused the interior damage, may include structural damage or decorative elements. The only way to discover what needs to be done is to get everything dried out and then get some experienced personnel in to make the final determination.
Drywall Damage Is One Thing
If the drywall is soggy and spongy, it needs to be cut out and replaced. You can cut it away with tools designed for this or use a simple drywall knife. Hand-held power tools are available, but you can use any cutting tool that can cut through the less than one-inch thick wallboard. You may need to find the studs and cut from the middle of one to the middle of the next one just outside of the damaged area. This is so you have part of the stud to re-install the new drywall. Make all cuts straight across and down so it is easier to measure the new piece and fit it properly.
Getting all of the drywall that is damaged removed is only part of it. After you have removed it, bring in fans and dehumidifiers and get it dried out as quickly as possible to help prevent molds or mildews from growing.
Structural Damage Is Another
Professionals should be consulted and hired to inspect any perceived structural damage. That is damaged or identified mold existing on any studs, crosspieces or other framing items inside the walls or construction elements anywhere else. In many jurisdictions, this work, because of the presence of plumbing and electrical services, must be handled by a licensed technician. You also do not want to endanger any of this with anything you do. They are aware, and you should be, that water damage to any space in your home must be handled quickly to prevent the possibility of molds getting hold of any surfaces and growing from there to other places in the house.
They can often find additional water and large amounts of moisture within the walls you may not have noticed. They work quickly and not stall you in the project you have assigned to yourself. You can restrict their job to just repairing or replacing the structural parts and let you finish the cosmetics, which can save you money.
Vinyl Flooring Damage Must Also Be Considered
Vinyl flooring can resist water for quite some time, but not forever, so it depends on how long the water sits there. After a while, water damage can get into this material, and the flooring can curl, especially at the edges. The flooring can become dislodged enough or float and create an untidy mess and a safety concern. You need to remove this vinyl and examine the sub-flooring. If it is a single sheet, remove the whole thing; if tiles, remove enough to see on both sides of the perceived damage or ‘soft’ spot(s).
Get the fans or dehumidifiers running to dry out the floor and inspect under the floor covering. If there are damaged or moldy floor joists, those have to come out. You can either remove them and have a professional come in and replace them with new material or have them handle it from the inspection.
If the floor joists are exceedingly wet or moldy, the crawlspace has to be entered and completely dried out to prevent damage from re-occurring, even if there is no more water coming in.
Replace the vinyl covering, clean it thoroughly and relax with the new floor you have.