Water damage can be unpredictable. Its’ causes can range anywhere from broken pipes or backed up plumbing to natural causes such as storms and flooding or even simple household accidents. What can start as a small drip can spread and worsen over time, causing increasing and noticeable harm to your home. At its worst, water in large quantities can be highly destructive to your home, resulting in peeling paint, stains, sagging and warped walls and ceilings, soaked flooring, and even mold and mildew. It’s important to act quickly when water damage occurs to minimize the damage and get your home on the road to repair.
Recently, we completed a project for Roberta Evans, whose home had suffered from extensive water damage throughout her basement living space. The water had soaked through her carpet, leaving ugly brown stains in many places, and damaging walls and baseboards, making it necessary to replace the flooring throughout the entire space.
After assessing the damages, the first step toward water damage restoration is removing the water and drying out the space. In this case, this required the soaked flooring to be removed, which exposed the puddles of water that had settled underneath the tile and carpet. Air movers were then placed throughout the basement, and the space was given time to dry out – this is a vital step, as replacing the flooring without allowing the space a chance to dry thoroughly can cause the problem to persist throughout the new material and encourage the growth of mold.
Once the area was dry, our restoration experts began the task of turning the basement back into a comfortable, livable, water-free space. Damaged sections of sheetrock were restored, new baseboards were painted and used to replace the water-logged ones, and new carpet and tile was laid throughout the basement. The final result made the basement look just like it never happened!