There are many things that can cause water damage – a burst pipe, bad weather, or broken appliances – but no matter what the source, the effects are the same. Swollen or rotting wood, contamination by water or sewage, and the potential for rampant mold growth can all occur after water damage, affecting the appearance and air quality of your living spaces and putting a serious dent in your home’s value. If you’ve experienced water damage in your home, it’s best to take care of it immediately before it becomes an even bigger problem. At JMS Enterprises, we help homeowners in Bucks County, PA, Montgomery County, PA, and surrounding areas deal with water damage and get their homes back to normal. Here are a few of our tips and tricks to deal with water damage and prevent it from getting worse.
Deal with the Source of the Problem
If water is seeping into your home, step one is to cut it off at the source. If you don’t deal with the source of water damage, it’s likely to re-occur in the future. For plumbing problems or leaky appliances, call a plumber or appliance repair tech right away. The longer you allow your pipes or appliances to leak, the worse your water damage will be. In the case of bad weather that causes flooding, some problems may be unavoidable but there are some measures you can take to mitigate future water damage. Having your basement sealed is a good start; replacing old windows or fixing a leaky roof may also be the solution to some water leakage. No matter the source of your water damage, you should always fix the problem before you do anything else.
Dry the Area Immediately
Once the source of the problem is dealt with, it’s time to think about restoration. Mold and mildew thrive in wet environments, so if you don’t dry off wet wood, carpet, or drywall, it can start an infestation that will quickly spread throughout your house. In addition, excess moisture can cause materials like wood and textiles to rot, creating a bad smell and potentially unsafe conditions. If the damaged area is small, fans, heat guns, and dehumidifiers may be able to dry them out so they can be restored. If water damage is widespread, you’ll have to move onto the next step.
Remove Damaged Materials
If your water damage covers a large area, or it has caused rotting or mold, it’s time to get rid of it for good. Drywall, wood flooring, and carpet can all be removed and replaced. Be sure to cover a large area around the water damage you can see; in many cases, water has penetrated much further than you might think. Pay special attention to the areas behind your walls. Water, mold, and rot can affect studs, insulation, and even electrical wiring, so be sure to do a thorough job or your water damage problems can come back to haunt you.
If you’ve removed all traces of water, rot, and mold from your home, you can finally start thinking about restoration. Handy do-it-yourselfers may be able to get the job done on their own, but in most cases, it’s best to call the professionals. At JMS Enterprises, not only can we handle the identification, drying, and removal of water-damaged materials, we can also help you with restoration and remodeling. Whether it’s carpet, rugs, wood flooring, or anything else, we can help you get it looking the way it did before it was damaged. If you live in Bucks County, PA, Montgomery County, PA, or anywhere else in the area, give us a call at (215) 706-0188 to get a free estimate on your water damage restoration job, and remember that time is of the essence when it comes to repairing water damage. Don’t wait; call JMS Enterprises today!