Have you just bought yourself a water-damaged fixer-upper house? Perhaps you already have a home, and it recently got affected by flooding or a burst water pipe? As you can imagine, sorting out a house that got damaged by large volumes of water is no easy feat. In fact, the bigger the home, the more mammoth the task!
Still, it’s always best to look on the bright side. Any home, regardless of its size, can get restored to its former glory if it had water damage. It’s likely you are reading this because it’s a project you need to complete for your home. But, where do you start?
In today’s blog post, I want to share with you some expert tactics to tackling your water-damaged home. When you’re done, you’ll end up with a house that you can be proud of. And let’s not forget that you can give yourself a pat on the back for all your hard work! Without further ado, here is what you need to know:
Gut Your Rooms
The first thing you need to do is empty the contents of each room affected by water damage. It’s a task made easier in a property that you’ve just purchased. But, if you’re living in the house and can’t feasibly move elsewhere, get prepared to live out of one room in your home for now. That’s because the other undamaged rooms will need to store your worldly possessions!
Before you do store anything, you’ll need to dry out any furniture affected by the water damage. You can either do this yourself or hire a professional company to do the work for you.
Once you have removed your furniture and other possessions, it’s time to start hacking away at your rooms! As you may have guessed, you’ll need to strip out any carpets and underlay from below your feet to expose the floorboards. Next, you’ll need to replace those boards with new ones.
Why is that, you might be wondering? Well, the water will have likely made the wood rotten or weak. The last thing you want is for anyone to hurt themselves falling through your floors!
With a solid new floor, you can now continue gutting the rest of each room. What you’ll need to do now is remove any plaster and drywall to expose the bare brickwork. You might need to do the same thing with your ceilings too if they got water damaged from above.
Once you’ve done all that and cleaned up each room, it’s time to let your rooms dry out. Sure, you could just keep your windows open and let nature take its course. But, it will take an awfully long time for that to happen!
Instead, it makes sense to hire a water extraction professional like Restoration Eze. Put simply, they’ve got the industrial tools and skills to dry out your rooms quicker than you can. Plus, there’s no point buying or renting the machines to extract the moisture from your rooms, especially if you don’t know the best ways of using them!
The time it takes to dry out your water-damaged rooms will depend on the weather. In other words, if you do this during the middle of winter, it will take longer than during the summer months.
Rewire Your Water Damaged Rooms
Ask any electrician, and they will tell you that water seldom escapes from any electrical wires, sockets, and switches. As you probably know, a combination of water and electricity can often end up with fatal consequences, which is why you’ll need to rewire any affected rooms.
The task will be quicker and more affordable to carry out as the rooms will already be exposed. Be sure to have an expert such as Brookline Aries complete the work so that you can be sure the rewiring is done the right way. If you want to add extra sockets or lights to your water damaged rooms, now is the best time to get them added!
Install New Drywall And Plaster On Your Walls And Ceilings
Now that the electrics in your water-damaged rooms have got the seal of approval, it’s time to cover the walls and ceiling with drywall and plaster. While some people attempt to do that work themselves, it’s quicker to just pay a professional to do it for you!
Whether or not you do the job yourself, one saving grace is that drywall boards and plaster are cheap to buy.
Bring The Floors Back To Their Former Glory
Once the drywall and plaster are on, you’ll need to wait a few days for everything to dry. In the meantime, you can work on the floors of each room affected by any water damage. Some people decide to fit new underlay and carpets, while others prefer the look of exposed (and sanded) floorboards.
Some folks also choose to install underfloor heating in those rooms, negating the need for wall-mounted radiators or hot air vents. When you’ve had your new flooring installed, be sure to cover it over with some plastic sheeting to protect it. Don’t forget that you’re still working on a building site. The last thing you want to do is damage your new flooring with chemicals or paint!
Finish Off The Floors And Ceiling With Paint Or Wallpaper
The good news is that you’re almost ready to move everything back into your water-damaged rooms! You are now at the stage where you need to apply paint or wallpaper to your walls and ceilings (or a combination of the two).
Given that your rooms got damaged by water, you should consider adding an anti-microbial base coat before painting or wallpapering. That way, you won’t have to worry about mold spores growing underneath in case the walls or ceilings have pockets of water trapped underneath them.
You are now ready to move back into your rooms! It’s important to have some other checks done on your home, such as the foundations due to subsidence. And if you live near a river or a large body of water, consider adding flood protection to your property.
*This article was contributed.