Have you experienced water damage in your home? If you have, you will understand the damage that can be caused. First and foremost, we know that water damage can be disheartening, especially if it ruins sentimental items, however, this blog will discuss how you can move forward and get your property functioning again.
Here are our top tips and advice on how to restore your property after water damage, and a few tips on how to prevent water damage in the future.
Find the cause
The cause of the water damage might be apparent, but if it is not, find the reason. Once you have discovered the source of the leak, contact a professional to stop water from entering your property. If you can locate the problem by yourself, immediately switch off your water to prevent more water from entering your property. Typically, the water valve will be found in the bathroom or kitchen.
If the water damage is already extensive and reaching electrical items, for your safety, switch off the electricity as well.
To prevent extensive water damage, make sure you know where the water valve is.
Once the cause has been discovered and sorted, move onto extracting the water that has formed in your property. A water pump will help you to move the water out of your property through a hose. You can rent or purchase a relatively inexpensive pump.
The longer the water stands in your home, the more damage it will do, so try to extract as much as you can immediately.
Open your windows, doors and remove as much as you can from the water damaged area. By opening every entrance, you will increase air circulation, which can help with drying out your property. You can also purchase a dehumidifier to remove the water vapour in the air.
Mould will try to form within the first 24-48 hours, so drying out your property is paramount. You can increase the drying process by removing carpets, rugs, furniture and any other water-damaged items.
Regularly check your pipes for any damage, cracks or rust. You could invest in a water security system, which monitors the level of humidity in your home. Make sure to clean your roof and gutters at least twice a year, or when you notice build-up. Any blockage could cause water to build-up and then overflow, which can cause damage to your foundation.
Check your appliances regularly as well; this includes your washing machine and dishwasher for any cracks or damage.
If you are ever unsure about your appliances or pipes, contact a professional to help.
A leak in your home is devastating, to say the least, but, we hope that our tips and advice we allow you to return to some sort of normality. The clean-up time might be time-consuming, but it will be worth it in the end. Good luck with restoring your property.