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Dealing with Water Damage

Inevitably, nearly every home will experience some form of water damage at some point. Water damage can lead to discolouration, ruined drywall, peeling paint, or worse musty smells and mould growth in your home. It’s important to know what to do in case water damage strikes in your home.

Common Causes of Water Damage

One common cause of water damage is leaking water pipes, especially over the winter months. Pipes can freeze and even burst within the walls which can lead to extensive water damage throughout your home if not addressed quickly.

During the warmer months of the year, condensation is a culprit in water damage. Condensation can collect on cool surfaces such as water pipes and toilet tanks and on windows when the air is warm and humid.

The biggest and year-round cause of water damage is generally rain and snow. Rain and snow can seep in through leaks in your home, whether from a leaking roof, improper drainage around your home, clogged gutters and worn out window caulking.

How to Deal with Water Damage

The first step is to ensure that the source of the water intrusion has been thoroughly dealt with. Whether you need to have plumbing repaired or replaced, or a leaking roof fixed. If the source of water damage is from condensation build up on the pipes, make sure to have the pipes insulated to prevent further buildup. Once the source of the water has been eliminated, the area needs to be thoroughly dried.

If there is mould or mildew, it needs to be removed and remediated as quickly as possible. It’s important to ensure it is removed and treated to prevent it from returning or spreading. Once these initial steps have been taken to ensure no further damage can be done to your home, you can commence the interior repairs.

Repair Damaged Drywall

In the case of water damage from pipes, drywall may need to be removed to access the pipes. Make sure you have the drywall repaired and patched and allow adequate time for it to dry.

Apply Primer

Now that the drywall has been repaired and dried, it’s time to prime your wall. Any bare drywall or patched areas should be primed. Some primers available on the market will also help to hide any water stains that remain as well as mould and mildew fighting solutions.

Apply Paint

After priming the surfaces of the drywall, you’re ready to apply your new paint to the walls. This is a good time to change up your home’s paint colours since you’ll need to apply a new coat of paint to the damaged areas.

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Hire a Professional

If you’re unsure of how to address the issues yourself, it’s always best to hire a professional painting contractor. ProRise Painting offers mould and mildew restoration and water damage services along with interior and exterior painting services. Get in touch with our team today for an assessment on your home and make sure the issue is addressed properly.

           

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