Water Damage Repair: What You Should Know
Water damage repair is tough, hard, dirty and potentially hazardous work. It’s made even more challenging by its time-sensitive nature. Time is money, since water continues to damage buildings as long as it’s present. With this in mind, we’ve put together some helpful tips and hacks to help our neighbors recover from unfortunate water damage to southern Colorado homes and businesses.
Water Damage Repair: Before You Start
When your home or business sustains water damage, the clock is ticking. Water damage repair costs climb steadily as long as water is standing and soaking into building materials. Water is essentially a solvent that literally dissolves your property, breaking down building materials and loosening fasteners and binders. In extreme cases, severe water damage can even degrade the structural integrity of buildings. So before you jump into action feverishly working on water damage repair, take time to assess the property for safety risks.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you size up the damage:
- What are the hazards? Is electricity still connected to the structure? If so, even structures that appear dry can still have hidden pockets of moisture that can create electric shock hazards. Look for these and other hazards as you work.
- What’s damaged? Did you have just a few inches of water that only damaged carpets and some flooring? Or did you have several feet of water that stood for days, soaking deeply into the structure? The answers to these questions help you decide whether to go it alone or call for professional cleanup and repair help.
- Where is the damage the worst? Determining what areas of your home or business are damaged worst can help you plan your repairs with an eye toward preventing or minimizing future damage.
Water Damage Repair: While You Work
As you move past the evaluation phase and get into planning and executing your water damage repair project, you’ll want to keep safety in mind and look for ways to protect your property from future water damage risk. Keep these tips in mind as you work:
- Will the project result in worker exposure to hazardous materials?Many modern building materials contain encapsulated asbestos, a known cancer causing substance. These materials are safe while the asbestos is encapsulated, but can pose deadly health risks when broken up, released and breathed or ingested by workers or your family. All states, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration strictly regulate handling and disposal of asbestos containing materials. In addition to steep fines, offenders can face criminal penalties, so consider consulting an asbestos testing company to ensure compliance.
- Is mold present? If your southern Colorado property has sustained water damage, chances are that mold could follow. If you notice foul smells, wall or ceiling discoloration or respiratory problems in building occupants, consider mold testing.
- Can your repairs help prevent future water damage and reduce mold risk? As you repair the damage, consider installing features to help prevent future water damage, such as new sump pumps, vapor barriers and sealants. Also consider applying fungicidal primers and other products to protect against mold infestation.
Water Damage Repair Help
If you find yourself with a tough water damage repair job, remember we’re hear to help, day or night. Call Delta Disaster Services for Peace of Mind During Uncertain Times®.