If you have recently experienced a flood or plumbing problem that has damaged one or more of the walls in your home, it is imperative that you isolate and repair the damage as soon as possible. It is important to note that mold can develop in as little as 24 hours, given the proper environment of a warm, damp area. Therefore, to restore the usability of your home as quickly as you can and to prevent additional damage from forming, it is a good idea to be aware of the following information.
#1-Determine The Precise Location Of The Water Damage
It will first be necessary to visually assess the area where the damage has occurred. Although discolored and soft walls are often a good indicator, you will also need to inspect the interior of the wall. That is because smaller amounts of water can be on the interior of the wall, including the drywall, without also spreading the exterior of the wall. Anything that appears to have come into contact with the water should be removed, including the studs. If you remove any studs, make a map as to where they were so that you can replace them when the damage has been fixed.
#2-Remove The Damaged Area Of The Wall And Drywall
Once you know where the damaged portion of the wall is, you need to cut it out using a carpenter's knife. If you are in doubt as to the amount of material you should remove, remove more instead of less. That will be helpful because you will need to allow the air to circulate throughout as much of the area as you can, and having more space for the air to move through will be helpful when preventing mold.
#3-Use The Right Items To Remove The Moisture
Although it may be tempting to re-purpose a box or circulating fan from elsewhere in the home for this project, you should instead consider investing in a high-intensity fan. If the water damage has occurred in more than one area of the home, you will need to either purchase two of the high-intensity fans or hire professionals. Another item you are likely to benefit from at this point will be a dehumidifier, since the standing water and saturated walls will contribute to a humid area and your repairs will probably take longer.
In conclusion, it is important that as a responsible homeowner, you should plan to start your water damage restoration for the affected walls as soon as possible after the water recedes and it is safe to implement those steps. Therefore, it is a good idea to use the information listed above so that you can make the appropriate plans.
Contact a company like Flood Damage Restoration for more help.