Why Water-Damaged Walls Aren’t Easily Detected
If your home floods, if a pipe breaks, or if any other unfortunate scenario happens where unwelcome water finds its way into your house, it is vital to dry out space as soon as possible. Lingering water can cause structural damage to your house and creates an environment for mold to thrive. This why you should know how to dry out walls after water damage.
It is easy to see when water pools on your floors, but water-damaged walls are not as easily detected. Watch for any discoloration, changes in texture, or any unpleasant odors in places that are susceptible to leaking or flooding. Some drywall material can act like a sponge, and create the right conditions for mold and mildew.
When there are significant issues, you should call the professionals at Action Restoration. But if you can spot the problem early on, there are still many things you can do as a homeowner solve the issue before it gets out of hand.
If the intruding water is caused by a leaking or burst pipe, turn off the water source immediately. Speed up the drying process by increasing the airflow through space, which can be done with fans and by opening windows and doors. Dehumidifiers will also remove moisture from the air, and indirectly remove moisture from the walls, too.
Molding and baseboards need to be removed and stored in a dry area to prevent trapping the moisture behind them both. Any wallpaper needs to be removed to eliminate any more seals that hold moisture in the wall.
It takes time to dry out the room and the walls thoroughly, so have plenty of patience. Once the space is completely dry, you are able to reverse the process, so to speak, and refinish the room. Inspect any items or furniture that you removed from the space for any mold or moisture before finishing up.
Water extraction and the removal of water and restoration of properties like floors, walls, carpets, and furniture are monumental tasks. Although some minor leaks can be handled by the homeowner, professional restoration services are necessary for efficient water damage removal and extraction.
In West Michigan, Action Restoration is the company to call if your home takes any significant water damage. Located at 2649 Edward Street in Jenison, Action Restoration is your hometown disaster recovery and restoration team. We’re ready 24/7 to Respond, Recover, and Restore.