5 Things to Do If You Find Water Damage at Home

by Robert Leighton Group 05/01/2022

Finding water damage in your home is never a pleasant experience. However, finding it is the first step to solving the problem. Mold forms quickly, so it's important to act as soon as possible. Here's what to do if you find water damage in your home:

Unplug

If you discover water damage, turn off and unplug any nearby electronics. Even if the damage seems minor, you don't want to risk accidental electric shocks or gas leaks. If you discover water damage in your kitchen or anywhere else connected to a gas line, turn off the gas completely just in case.

Inspect

It's important to inspect the mold carefully before trying to clean it up yourself. Some mold can be toxic to humans and animals, posing serious health risks with long exposure. Mold also can grow very quickly, so while you're inspecting the damage check for any signs of spreading. In the case of large growths, consult a mold specialist right away.

Dry Out

Eliminating extra moisture is key to solving a water damage problem. Use fans, dehumidifiers and open windows to create air circulation and dry out surrounding materials. By drying out the area, you can prevent further mold growth and make addressing the damage much easier.

Remove

Certain materials should be removed immediately if they're damaged by water. This includes porous materials like insulation pads, carpet, unsealed cement and wood. All of these materials will mildew if left moist too long, and you don't want it spreading to other undamaged areas. Start by removing and replacing floor materials first so that the foundation of your home can support further damage repair.

Disinfect

Once you've removed the damaged materials, it's time to sanitize the area. Use a bleach solution to disinfect surfaces and kill remaining mold spores. Keep the area dry and well ventilated while you work, and call a specialist if there is a significant amount of mold to address.

These steps will prepare you and your home for whatever restoration project comes next. Whether it's a simple mold cleanup or a full carpet replacement, you'll be ready to tackle whatever water damage you find.

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Robert Leighton Group

Robert Leighton, a committed professional for the past 30 years feels that understanding the client and listening is paramount to a successful real estate career. Experience never gets old. If you are looking to sell or purchase, Robert has your best interests paramount.