To Repair Water Damage, Here Are the Do’s and Don’t’s

Now that the rainy season is here, you might unexpectedly find that your home has a weak spot that allows water to intrude. Your roof could spring a leak, even if it is only a few years old. Your basement could become flooded if the ground around your home has settled, creating cracks in the foundation. If this should happen to you, following these simple Water Damage Do’s and Don’ts will help you minimize and repair the water damage

If the water intrusion is significant and you need help from a water damage repair expert, call on Tri State Restorations. We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our experienced water restoration teams can be on-site in 90 minutes. Tri State Restorations serves customers throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.

Restoring a bathroom after major water damage

Restoring a bathroom after major water damage

Water Damage Do’s…

  • Remove all of the standing water by sponging and blotting. A mop and old towels are great tools to use.
  • Ventilate to dry out the wet rooms as quickly as possible. If it’s summer, turn on the air conditioner to help dehumidify the air. If it’s winter, alternate cycles of opening the windows, then closing them with the heat on. This will help prevent moisture from spreading throughout the room.
  • Transport computers to a dry environment. Remove cases and blow dry with low pressure air.
  • Remove as much furniture as you can from the wet area, along with artwork and paintings from the walls.
  • Place aluminum foil squares, saucers or wood blocks under furniture legs to avoid carpet stains.
  • Remove any wet area rugs and take them somewhere to dry.
  • If hardwood floors are at risk, take up saturated rugs and carpets. Otherwise, dry your wet rugs and carpets through blotting and drying.
  • If the ceiling is sagging from retained water, and the ceiling isn’t so damaged that it might collapse, punch tiny holes in the water pockets to relieve trapped water. Make sure to place something underneath the holes beforehand to catch any water. Buckets or old pots and pans will work well here.
  • Remove wet upholstery cushions from the couch frame and prop them up on end to dry more easily.
  • Place valuable books and documents in the freezer to retard mildew growth until drying can be performed.
  • Open drawers and cabinet doors for interior drying. Don’t force open stuck drawers or doors.
  • Be sure to call your insurance carrier.

Water Damage Don’ts….

  • Don’t operate TV’s, vacuums or other appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially wet concrete floors. You could get seriously injured.
  • Don’t use heat to dry a closed building interior, since this will only spread the moisture. Ventilate as you heat.
  • Don’t leave wet fabrics and furniture in place. They will dry more effectively if you provide drying air space around them.
  • Don’t wait to call a water damage repair and water restoration professional if the water intrusion is significant and you don’t have the tools or the time to take care of the water damage yourself. Tri State Restorations is here to help.