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Leaky roofing and leaky pipes can cause a lot of damage to a house. If you don't act quickly, these two problems can result in major repairs that can get quite costly and complicated. My blog will show you how to identify these problem areas and how to judge the severity of the damage sustained. Having restored a few homes over the years before selling them, I have a lot of experience working with water damaged homes. I hope that all of the information that I have included here in this blog will help you get through the process with fewer issues.



water leak damaged homes - the restoration

Steps To Take Immediately After A Water Heater Leaks Into Your Basement

by Paul Burton

When a water heater leaks all of its water out into the basement of a home, it becomes necessary to act quickly in removing moisture from the area. This will help save personal belongings in addition to the structure of the home. Most people will call a water cleanup service when there is an abundance of water in a room. If a cleanup service cannot attend to your problem immediately, you may need to start the process in cleaning up the basement on your own. Here are some steps you can follow when dealing with a water heater leak incident.

Remove Wet Belongings

You will want to get your personal effects out of the area right away to help save them from damage. Bring furniture outdoors and place it upside-down so any water embedded inside will be able to drip out onto the ground. Wipe down items with a clean cloth to remove moisture from surfaces. Use a hair dryer to aid in removing moisture from electronics. Lay paperwork out on a clean sheet in the sun and flip each sheet over after several minutes to dry evenly. It may be a good idea to take photographs of your belongings to show to an insurance company if they end up damaged from the incident.

Tend To The Water Heater

While someone else is bringing items outdoors to dry, turn the water heater valves to the right so they stop allowing new water to come into the tank. You can also flip the breaker to the water heater into an off position to stop it from running while you work at removing moisture from your basement.

Get Water Out Of The Area

Plug in a water pump in an outlet away from the leaking water so you are not at risk for electrocution as you work with the equipment. Attach a garden hose to the pump and place the other end in an area lower than your home's foundation. Turn on the water pump and redirect the water outdoors. When the pump no longer sucks water up easily, turn it off and use heavy-duty towels to sop up any remaining puddles from the area.

Dry The Basement Effectively

After the bulk of water is removed, you will want to dry the basement so no mold occurs from leftover moisture. Place several oscillating fans in the basement to help dry the area quickly. Open windows and doors so air from outdoors will circulate throughout the area. At nighttime, close the windows and doors and run a dehumidifier to take moisture out of the air.

If you have carpeting that had gotten wet, you will need to remove it, as the padding can act like a sponge, allowing mildew to settle in quickly. Have a professional clean and dry the carpeting if you wish to keep it. Wet drywall portions should be cut from the wall and replaced with new pieces, as they also tend to become moldy when saturated.

These steps can help with the cleanup, but for the best results, contact the experts at a company like Arkansas Restoration Services Inc