Those of us living in hurricane-prone South Florida know the devastating effects of water damage all too well. But the weather isn’t the only source of unwanted moisture in the home; leaking taps, faulty pipes, and inadequate ventilation can all lead to an accumulation of water and mold.
Let’s take a look at the steps to managing and correcting these types of damage.
Restoring Your Home After Water Damage
Do as much as possible in advance
If you have been given warning of potential water damage due to a meteorological event, do all that you can before the weather closes in. For example, if your property is set across more than one floor, move as many items as you can upstairs.
Keep items in plastic containers to prevent further damage. If there’s anything you can’t move, try to protect it as best you can with tarps and the like.
Get rid of non-salvageable items
If your house has sustained water damage, the first step towards recovery is to remove items that cannot be salvaged. In the interest of your safety, wait until you have clearance to do so.
Dry out your home
In order to prevent further damage from mold, ensure that your home is completely dry before you begin the process of renovations. Fans and dehumidifiers can help with this process, but ensure the electrical line is safe before use.
Call the professionals
It may be tempting to go it alone on a restoration project after water damage, but in the interest of safety and long-term success, consulting with professional tradespeople is the best route to take.
At East & West Reconstruction, we offer expert advice in all aspects of home restoration after water damage, including wall and flooring repair, redecoration, installation of new kitchens and bathrooms, electrical fixtures and fittings, and general contracting.
We’ll restore your home to its former glory and update it to your exact specification.
Restoring Your Home After Mold Damage
Focus on ventilation
Mold can be an inherent problem within any house, or it can result from unexpected water damage. However water enters your home, ensure that it doesn’t stick around by placing an emphasis on good ventilation.
Start by opening as many windows as possible. It sounds deceptively simple, but it can be hugely effective in preventing the growth and spread of mold, providing it is dry outside and not raining of course. Use a dehumidifier to eliminate stubborn moisture.
Use a bleach solution on areas of mold
A tried-and-tested approach to dealing with mold is to apply a bleach solution. Use 1 part of bleach to 8 parts of water, mix, and decant into a spray bottle.
Wear old clothes and a mask, and ensure the room is well-ventilated while you work.
Spray the bleach solution onto the visible mold and use a stiff-bristled brush to remove it.
Rinse with a separate bottle, just containing water, then ensure the area is thoroughly dry by using a fan and keeping windows and doors open.
Use a dehumidifier if some moisture remains.
Call the professionals!
Again, restoration after mold is best left to the experts. We’ll thoroughly inspect areas where mold has been present, check for hidden damage, and restore your home to perfect condition.
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We cover all of South Florida, and will be happy to help you recover from water damage. Click here to learn more about our restoration service for homes with water and mold damage.