We build our homes from many different materials. Some of them are more and some less resistant to water damage. Now we know much more about the characteristics of these materials and can employ different methods of restoration and repair. Here we will tell you a bit about ways to dry out the parts of your house which have been affected by water damage.
The first question we have ahead of ourselves when faced with water damage is should we dry or not? If the wet material is too far gone, meaning it has sustained very grave damage and cannot be returned to the previous state, then it should be discarded. The key factors which influence this are contamination, damage and, of course, cost.
If the material we are trying to rescue is so contaminated that it can be labeled as category 3 water damage, all of our efforts to repair it are meaningless. This material cannot be revived, so to speak, and cannot be returned to the initial state. It is best to dispose of it.
Furthermore, if the material has sustained so much damage that there is no way for an economically sensible repair, getting rid of it is the best solution. Drying these items or materials will not produce a positive effect. Finally, if the repair is possible, but it comes at a cost so great that it exceeds buying a new item, drying the item is simply not economically reasonable.
Airflow, Temperature, humidity control – these are all crucial when drying water exposed items and materials. Drying methods revolve around combinations of these. However, there are two basic and most common methods of drying – disruptive drying and aggressive drying.
Disruptive methods are based on perforating surfaces. It allows any water trapped inside the material to evaporate. Air is also injected so that the drying process is much faster. Wet items are usually removed.
Aggressive methods which are also known as « in place » methods are based on direct airflow of dry, warm air. Wet items are inside the building where they were affected by the water and then dried using powerful heaters and fans. This method is in use when damage is not too great, and the costs of drying do not exceed the cost of the damaged items.
We all know how annoying and potentially dangerous water damage can be. You shouldn’t waste a moment when you spot the early signs of mold, mildew or leaks. However, there are a few things you can do yourself to prevent your basement from becoming a pool or your walls saturated with water stains. It is not only to prevent problems with the esthetics and the structure of your home but to ensure that you do not have trouble with your insurance company. Most of the insurance policies do not cover damages which are a result of a lack of maintenance.
Number one step to take when dealing with potential water damage is to think about safety. And every clean up starts with preparation and the right gear. Because mildew and mold can contain dangerous and harmful bacteria, you should prepare yourself with the appropriate protective gear like gloves, footwear, masks and eye protection.
Most of us keep unnecessary, but also some very valuable items in our basements. If your basement gets flooded, your items will be exposed to water. A job you can do yourself and save a few bucks that way is to get all the damaged items out of the basement. Put on a pair of gloves and rubber boots and get to work. It will leave more money in your pocket for the repair guys.
Ok, you got your stuff out the basement. Another thing you can do is to remove any of the water still stuck in there. Get a hose and a vacuum pump and pump away. Of course, if the amount of water is too great, call up the professionals.
Time for a clean-up
Once you got everything out and you got your basement nice and dry, it is time for the big cleaning mission. Get yourself a good disinfectant and some warm water and start scrubbing away. Bleach is also fine, but there are a couple of eco-friendly products we always recommend because bleach can be aggressive and potentially harmful.Finally, let some air inside. Fresh air will enable the drying process and remove remnants of moisture, hindering any bacterial growth. A professional dehumidifier might be unavailable or too expensive, but a simple fan or two will help greatly.
Water can get inside your home in so many ways. But do not let a leaky valve or a faulty appliance ruin your day. We will tell you a bit more about how to avoid water leaks and to prevent repairs which can be very expensive.
Make sure you disconnect all the hoses connected to the piping system during the winter. Frozen water can cause benign problems like water blockage, to very serious problems like burst pipes and damage to floors, walls or even foundations. Gutters and downspouts are strategic places for water build-up, and if these are not set up or maintained correctly, you can expect water damage. You should remove any dirt or debris from your gutters at least every six months. You do not want blockage or overflow. Also, check the downspouts so the water can run freely, away from your home. Also, take care of your trees and shrubs. There is a possibility that their roots can cause damage to the piping system. Be careful where you position the vegetation.
Every home has water main. This valve regulates the whole water system, and it is always wise to shut down the water supply if you plan to stay away from your home for an extended period. If there is no water in the pipes, there is no chance of drips or leaks which can damage your home.
From time to time, have a look at the state of your appliances. Washing machines, dryers, and other appliances all have connections to the plumbing system and should be checked regularly.
As soon as you notice the first signs of water damage or even moisture build-up, call up the professionals. Do not postpone repairs, because any delay is bound to cause even more damage like rot, mildew and, eventually, structural damage. Be aware of the fact that your insurance will only cover sudden and accidental damages to your house. Any damage which is a consequence of a lack of maintenance is not covered by insurance.