Water damage is a serious issue and the best way to deal with it is to contact professionals right away. If you wait, your problems will only increase and become more expensive to fix. However, if you take care of the problem when it starts, then there should be no need for professional help in most cases. In this blog post we'll discuss what steps to take when dealing with water damage to your ceiling or walls so that you can get back to enjoying your home again!
Remove any water-logged items
Remove watery items from the area that has been damaged. Do not attempt to dry the area yourself! The longer the water sits, the more damage it will cause and you should definitely leave this process for a professional team.
Open up the windows so that the air can circulate in the room better. This is one of the best ways to get rid of humidity from your home after any sort of water damage has been done.
Remove any water-damaged drywall or plaster from the walls and ceiling, if necessary. If there is too much mold growth on these surface materials, then you should remove them before they spread to other areas of your home. This will also make future repairs easier to do yourself! Make sure that the surfaces are completely dry before attempting to remove or replace any damaged materials.
Use a moisture meter on all surfaces of the room. If you see readings over 18%, then you should consider replacing those surface areas if possible. Otherwise, your problem will only continue to get worse! The best way to deal with this is by re-plastering or painting over the damaged area.
Use a wet vacuum to remove excess water and dry out the area
. You can rent these from any hardware store or home improvement center for a day and they make short work of the problem!
Find out if there is water damage to your foundation. If you see signs of rust, mold growth, sagging floors, etc., then it's time to call in a professional team right away.
Dry out the area with a fan and/or dehumidifier.
If you have a fan in the area, then keep it running for at least 48 hours after all signs of water are gone. This will ensure that your room is completely dry before you attempt to remove any damaged materials or continue with repairs.
If there is mold, use bleach or other disinfectant to kill it before starting repairs.
This is a good idea, even if there isn't mold present. Mold has a tendency to grow anywhere that it can find moisture and you will want to stop it before it becomes an even bigger problem!
Repair any water-damaged plaster or drywall on the walls and ceiling by following the instructions in your home improvement manual.
Patch up holes in your ceiling with spackles and paint over them.
If there is water damage that extends to your baseboard, window and door moldings or flooring, then these will need to be replaced completely. This is the only way to get rid of any potential problems with rot or moisture damage on them!
Replace any damaged sheetrock/drywall with new materials of the same kind
This will require that you cut out the damaged area and patch up any holes before installing new materials. If there is too much damage to do this, then it's time for professional help!
After all repairs have been made, seal off the room from moisture by using plastic sheeting
Plastic sheeting and tape will help to keep the moisture out of your room until all repairs have been made, which is necessary if you want any chance for a successful repair job! Otherwise, there's no telling what might happen when new materials are introduced into an area that has damage done to it already.
So, there you have it! These are the steps that will get rid of water damage in your ceiling and walls so that you can get back to enjoying your home again.