What to Do After Your Home Suffers Water Damage

Unfortunately, many homes in the United States suffer water damage every year. Almost all homes with basements will experience some form of water damage at one time or another. This damage can come from many reasons, but the most common are flooding either from natural disaster or broken pipes, or water damage due to a house fire. Flooding is more common than some might think, as all 50 states have experienced flooding in the last five years. Water damage due to a house fire is very common, since firefighters need to use water to douse the flames, this has the side effect of thoroughly soaking any materials or possession not destroyed by fire with hundreds of gallons of water. While fires can also cause smoke damage, water damages can be far more catastrophic. Fire damage repair can be a lengthy process, but it is important to begin as soon as possible. Cleaning up quickly from water damage, no matter where it came from, is essential.

When cleaning up from water damage and starting the process of fire damage repair, it is important to be aware of the risk of mold. Mold can appear in as little as forty-eight hours and the longer wet materials are laying around, the more likely they will be irreparably ruined or cause permanent damage to the surviving infrastructure of the building. If the wooden framework becomes infested with mold, the entire house might have to be bulldozed before reconstruction can begin. To avoid this happening, it is vital to remove wet materials and possessions from the damaged home as quickly as possible. In the case of smaller items, it might be possible to dry them out in a separate location and save them, but larger items like rugs, dressers, couches, and bed frames, should be considered a total loss and removed. The best way to prevent mold further damaging the house is to clean out the entire space. There is still the risk of mold, depending on how much water was sprayed into the building, but it will be a lesser risk if the home is cleared out quickly. If the roof was compromised from fire damage, it is also important to cover the hole with plywood and tarp. That way, if it rains, the temporary cover will keep the excess water out and prevent the damage from getting worse.

In conclusion, the best thing to do after the home suffers water damage is to clean out the wet materials as quickly as possible. This will lessen the risk of a mold infestation that could cause serious damage to the surviving structure. Fire damage repair can be a long process, but following this step can help make it that much easier.

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