Fixing water damage can be a simple do-it-yourself (DIY) project or it may require the assistance of a certified, licensed professional. Whether or not the assistance of a professional will be required will depend in part on the extent of the water damage. Additionally, individuals will need to determine the source of the leak and identify all affected areas. Affected areas may include ceilings, walls, floors, carpets, and other household items. Individuals should not attempt to fix water damage until the source of the leak has been identified.
Signs of water damage include: paint discoloration, water puddles, sounds of dripping or running water, and a decrease in water pressure. It is important to fix water damage as quickly as possible in order to minimize the effects of the damage. Water damage, if left untreated, can lead to the development of various types of molds. These molds can present health hazards to the occupants of the home. Stains and unpleasant odors can also be side effects of untreated water damage. However, treating water damage in a timely manner can save individuals time and money. When water damage is identified and treated in a timely manner, the negative impact of the water damage can be lessened significantly.
The best method to fix water damage will depend on the severity of the water damage. Floors and carpets may be cleaned with an antimicrobial cleaner and deodorizer when appropriate. However, if the damage is serious, the carpets and the padding may require replacement. Drywall and baseboards may be easily repaired by cutting out the affected drywall area and replacing baseboards. Wood surfaces that have water stains may be restored with simple wood polishing products. Furniture soaked by water damage may require professional restoration. Other fabrics, such as window treatments and bedding, may be washed with regular detergents. Again, whether the repairs are a DIY project or require professional assistance will depend on the extent of the water damage.