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4 Easy Tips for Repairing Water Damage in Your Home

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO technician is down on his knees repairing the floor of a home Cleaning up after water damage in a Billings, MT home

4 Easy Tips for Repairing Water Damage in Your Home

Water damage, whether it be from a flood or broken pipes, can be a hassle to deal with. It’s easy to be discouraged when faced with the tremendous task of recovering from damage to your home. Don’t despair! With these quick tips, you can begin restoring your home back to its original condition.

Remove Moisture from the Damaged Area

It should be a priority to dry out the affected area as soon as possible before more damage occurs. You can start water cleanup with pumps, a wet/dry vacuum, or a sponge. Ensure air is circulating by opening all windows and doors, using fans to speed up drying, or installing dehumidifiers.

Take Stock of Your Items

You will need to look through your home and discard damaged materials. Porous items are easily damaged by exposure to moisture and can also be breeding grounds for mold and mildew to spread. Carpet that has been soaking in water will most likely have to be removed and disposed of. The same applies to insulation, fabric and similar items.

Clean and Disinfect

Once the materials affected by water damage have been discarded, it’s time to clean the entire area. You can do this with a light bleach solution or an eco-friendly homemade vinegar spray. Lightly coat all surfaces in the solution of your choice and wipe down to ensure the areas have been thoroughly disinfected.

Inspect for Mold and Mildew

During your cleaning process, it’s wise to keep an eye out for mold and mildew that may be forming. It only takes 24 hours for mold to grow so it’s best to move quickly. Mold and mildew can be very damaging to your home and for more serious cases it might be best to consult a professional service that specializes in moisture damage restoration.

Water damage can be challenging to deal with, but the right tools and support it’s easy to turn the situation around. As a homeowner in Billings, MT, you can rest easy knowing that help is out there when you need it.

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