Where to Start When Your Home has Water Damage

Water damage can occur in a home from lots of things. An overflowing tub, a clogged toilet, a busted pipe, a DIY plumbing job gone wrong, a failing water heater… the list goes on and on! Whatever the reason, if your home has flooded and you are facing water damage, you need to act fast to begin the drying process to save as much of your property as you can and to prevent mold growth. Water gets soaked into your flooring and walls, especially into things like fabric, wood, and insulation which is where mold is most often found. If you are needing new foam insulation as a result of water damage in Lubbock and Dallas, TX, call Foam Tech at 806.441.4636 or 214.205.1200 today.

Water Damage Restoration Steps

sandbags absorbing flooded water on floor

If Your Home Has Water Damage, Your Foam Insulation Can Get Mold If Not Properly Dried Out

  • Disconnect any electrical connections and move furniture out of the way. Water and electricity don’t mix and can lead to deadly outcomes when crossed. Prevent any more damage from happening by turning off the home’s power first before you unplug any electrical appliances. You can then move all furniture out of the way. There is a slim possibility that you could save your carpet if you pull up the entire thing including the underpadding, but since the carpeting will absorb the most water, it is better to just get new flooring.
  • Get rid of water by mopping or soaking it up. More water damage is going to occur if you leave the water just sitting there and letting it soak into your flooring, walls, and fabrics. The best way to get rid of water damage from your home is to try to mop it up or soak it up by using towels and buckets. You can properly dispose of the water by dumping it down your drain or pouring it onto your lawn. Only vacuum your carpeting to steam out the water if you are positive that no electricity will touch water; otherwise shocks and fires could occur. If lower levels of your home like a basement are completely flooded, sump pumps helps to suck up and drain the water.
  • Dry out all affected areas. After all the visible water has been removed, water that has been soaked up in the walls and flooring must next be aired and dried out to prevent mold growth. To do this, ventilation and large fans are key. You can rent specialised water restoration equipment like fans and humidifiers that are stronger than their everyday counterparts and are designed specifically for removing water damage.
  • Disinfect the areas to prevent mold growth. Mold likes to grow in dark and wet places, which is why this fungi spreads so quickly around homes that have water damage. You can apply mold control products that are applied over areas that have seen water damage and basically help to form a thin layer over the fungi to not only dry it out and suffocate it, but to also crush the roots of the spores. After that you can disinfect all areas to verify that there is no more mold and to also make sure that your home is clean of any other bacteria like sewage that might of gotten mixed in with the other water damage when your home flooded.
  • Properly dispose of all water damaged items. Some of the products used cannot be thrown away in a dumpster, and also shouldn’t in order to help cut down on landfill waste. If any electronics were permanently destroyed from the water damage or you are throwing away the strong chemicals used to kill the mold, these need to be turned in to certain recycling centers to be disposed of properly and responsibly.

Can Water Damage Dry Out?

What happens when drywall gets wet? When drywall gets wet, it becomes soft. When it becomes too soft, it will crumble and rot. While drywall is very sturdy when dry, its structural integrity gets compromised and becomes severely weakened. A lot of drywall have insulation inside of them, often either spray foam insulation in TX or fiberglass. The insulation especially will absorb the moisture and result in mold growth. Water damage can dry out when proper methods are used. These include using dehumidifiers, fans, and desiccants like calcium oxide that all absorb moisture.

How Much Does it Cost For Water Damage Restoration?

If your home was severely damaged by flooding or mold, you can expect upwards of $7,500 for home water damage cleanup services. The average cost for flood restoration is around $2,700. A lot of people ask ‘will home insurance cover water damage?’ Most of the time, your insurance company will, but it is always better to be safe and get a home water damage claim just in case they decide to deny you coverage. Some insurance companies might try and blame the water damage on negligence on the homeowners’ part, by saying that the water pipes burst due to age or poor maintenance. Be prepared for these scenarios just in case they should come up. If your foam walls received water damage in Lubbock and Dallas, TX and you are needing repairs, call Foam Tech at 806.441.4636 and 214.205.1200 today.