As a parent, I can't tell you how many times I have walked in on a disaster. Just a few days ago, my kids were playing together and they decided to flood our master bathroom with a few towels and a boatload of water. Although some messes are cute or funny, others are completely overwhelming and difficult to clean up. Fortunately, I have an excellent damage contractor on speed dial, and he comes out to help me whenever I need a little assistance. I want you to know how to tackle tough messes, which is why I put up this website.
Water damage in your home, either as a result of heavy rains and or a plumbing leak, is something that you'll need to address right away. This is especially true if you'll soon be putting your home up for sale, as the indicators of water damage can send many prospective buyers scurrying toward homes that don't have this problem. By hiring the right damage contractor who has extensive experience with cleaning up water damage, you can be confident that the issue will be completed professionally so that, by the time your home goes on the market, everything will be in good condition. Here are some signs of water damage that you need to make sure your contractor removes.
Stains on Your Drywall
Depending on the location of the water damage, one of the obvious signs of this issue is dark-colored stains on your drywall. These can appear on your ceilings and on your walls. For example, if your roof leaked and water entered your attic, it could stain the ceiling of your top floor and also run down the walls of your top floor. Your damage contractor will need to replace this drywall. In more minor cases in which the drywall doesn't have to be removed, the ceilings and/or walls will need repainting.
When prospective buyers enter a home that has had unresolved water damage, they'll often get alerted to this issue when they smell mildew. Make sure that your contractor takes a series of steps to remove this smell from your home. This includes removing and replacing anything that absorbed the water, such as insulation and carpet. They should also use powerful fans and dryers to eliminate moisture in the home. Doing so will eliminate any odors caused by mildew and moisture.
While it's common sense to remove carpet, your damage contractor must also look carefully at any other types of flooring that have been affected by the water damage. Hardwood flooring and laminate flooring can absorb the water and become warped. Individual boards or sections of the flooring can begin to lift above the others, resulting in an uneven finish. This will result in an obvious sign to anyone touring through your home that the property has been affected by water damage. Your contractor will need to remove the problematic sections and refinish the floor or hire a subcontractor to do this work before your home goes on the market.