Get rid of black mold and mildew
The water damage recovery for your house can be devastating, time consuming and expensive. Besides the obvious physical damage, there is also the longer term issue of mold removal.
Permanent water damage restoration requires proper procedure to ensure success. Many people do not know how to remove mold and mildew from their home. A flooded basement, leaky roof, cracked foundation, or water damaged carpet can all present a dangerous situation for mold and mildew to grow.
The mold spores will spread throughout the house and cause the family to suffer various ill effect. Runny noses, sneezing, coughing, fatigue, and headaches are just some of the nasty symptoms of mold spores.
One way to tell if the air in your home is affecting your health is to notice how you feel when you are gone for an extended period of time, such as a vacation. If your symptoms diminish while you are gone and return as soon as you are back home, chances are pretty good that you have a problem..
How to start with water damage recovery
Learning about water damage recovery can make all the difference when you have suffered from flooding, black mold or basement water damage.
Find the source of your water damage
The first thing to do when you are attempting water damage recovery is to discover the source of the problem. It might seem to be a wet basement, or crawl space, but actually the cause is outside.
Poor drainage is very common, especially in older homes. It is not enough to treat the symptoms, you must get to the source and stop it.
One person I know painted green waterproof paint over severely damaged wood in the cellar. This was ridiculous and did nothing whatsoever to solve the problem. There was literally a spring of water flowing into the house and until this was eliminated, no amount of surface treatment was going to make any difference.
The first thing she needed was a sump pump just to get rid of the water. Painting or replacing drywall is great, but first get to the root of the problem. You may need to change the grade around the house, or add French drains. The problem could be runoff from the rooftop or simply a low spot around the foundation.
Water damage recovery with a humidifier
Simple damage can be solved with a dehumidifier. A quality unit, such as the Danby DDR7009REE costs around $270. These have a 70 pint a day removal rate, and can be drained into a floor drain. They have a very high consumer rating and are considered reliable.
Another good unit is the Frigidaire FAD504TDD. These 50 pint a day humidifiers cost a bit less, at $188 and have a one-year warranty. Either one performs well for the average homeowner.
Many simple water damage problems can be fixed by a decent handyman, but a lot require the expertise of a specialist. Both residential and commercial services are offered by the bigger companies and they
Know how to fix your problem.
About 80% of their work comes from only 20% of the types of problems. Basement waterproofing, crawl space ventilation, sewage leaks, drain backup, standing water extraction, ceiling and drywall damage are typical problems these experts deal with on a regular basis. They also can help direct you in remediation and insurance policy questions.