Water Damage Restoration Basics

Has flooding become a problem for you? Has said flooding damaged your precious valuables and belongings? Many people suffer from flooding and the water damage it brings along. Water damage is one of the worst damages to try and get rid of or fix. This article will take you through some ways to restore water damage.  Here is what water damage looks like in your home.
The first is quite obvious, but such is the basics. If you can’t fix it, hire a professional. There is no sense in messing up your already damaged “object” by making it worse. Obviously there are many more, but let’s focus on how to do it yourself should you muster up the confidence to do so.

Furniture

This attempt to restore water damage focuses on furniture specifically. You will need toothpaste, bleach, a syringe, baking soda, veneer glue, and moisturizer. Here are the simplified step-by-step instructions.
  1. Let the piece of furniture dry in a warm room with good air flow.
  2. If any white spots remain, mix toothpaste and baking soda, rub this on and around the white spots.
  3. Time to clean any mildew that soaked into the wood past the finish. Clean it with bleach and apply a new finish on top.
  4. If the furniture veneer has warped in anyway, soak it in moisturizer until it stays flat again. Dry it well. Fill a syringe with veneer glue and release the glue between the veneer and the furniture’s body. Place something on top to hold it in place.
 And there you go, you’ve restored your furniture from water damage!

Carpets

Carpets are just as difficult to restore water damage.
  1. If the damage is from dark, dirty water, then it is best to trash the carpet. If you don’t bacteria will linger and may cause illness.
  2. If the damage is from clean or unsanitary water, remove the damaged carpet and let it dry. Trash the padding and let it dry, elevated for up to 12 hours. If mold has grown, hire a professional to finish the cleaning to avoid illness.

That’s carpets, your becoming a pro at this!

Wood Damage

Here are some final tips to restoring water damaged wood.
  1. Coconut oil can actually restore water damaged wood, though the tint of said wood may be darker afterwards.
  2. Same goes for vinegar, just as above.
  3. To get out water marks, use a spray shellac on said marks.
Water damage is tricky, but with the internet we have access to so many solutions. If they don’t work, you could always go with number one on above list!

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How to Prevent Your House from Flooding

Flooding can happen anywhere at any time, whether it’s through a natural disaster, a bad storm, a burst pipe and many more things, and as you can image, can be very costly to repair the damages caused by the floods. Here is how to prevent your house from flooding:

1. Determine water flow

Your house will have a water flow, whether you’ve experienced flooding before or not. If water pools around your house, like if you live in a valley or the bottom of a hill, you’re more likely to experience flooding than those houses that were designed to drain the water away from the building itself. Living in areas that have standing water can mean you’re more likely to have flooding and there are a few things that can be done to prevent it, but it can come at a cost. Raising your entire house onto piers or columns may be possible, installing vents within the foundation that allow the flow of water to move easily throughout the space rather than building up inside the walls or investing in good-quality sealants to keep water out.

2. Keep gutters clear

If you keep your gutters clean, you’re minimising the risk of flooding. Simply investing in a tool to regularly scoop out your gutters or hiring a professional can make big strides towards preventing a build-up of water in bad weather conditions. The same can apply to drains and pipes, keep them clear of any gunk that may have accumulated, so the water flow can move easier and water build up is less likely to occur. Some pipes can be fitted with non-return valves, which allow water to flow through, but not back up, preventing a build-up.

3. Be aware of the warning signs

When flash flooding occurs, sometimes there’s no way to predict what’s about to happen. But in bad weather situations, you may be able to spot early warning signs of trapped water, a build-up of water or dampness rising on the walls within the home. Once you’re aware a flood is building, it’s easier to prevent it from causing a lot of damage. There are guards that can be fitted to gaps such as by external doors, windows and patio doors, as well as covers that can fit over ventilation areas and installing sealants on the floors.

Now you know how to prevent flooding on your property, it’s time to put the tips into practice. Since you never know when flooding can take place, especially if you live in a valley or at the bottom of a hill during bad weather seasons, it’s best to take precautions before it happens, to save you time and money down the line.

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