The Essentials of Water Damage Repair

Published June 7th, 2021 by American Waterproofers Inc.

Your basement flooded. As the water drains (finally), you realize that in all the panic and scrambling of damage control, you don’t know what to do now. Water damage repair is a critical part of the process, but many people assume that once the water is gone, the problem is fixed.

Untreated water damage can affect the structural integrity of your house and spread harmful black mold throughout your house. Water damage does not go away on its own, but we’re here to help. Read these water damage repair tips to see what needs to be done.

Disclaimer About Black Mold

Black mold is a serious side effect of flooding. It thrives in porous, humid environments like water-logged carpet, drywall, furniture, and wood. Untreated, it spreads quickly and can cause respiratory problems, rashes, chronic fatigue, and persistent headaches. Prolonged exposure to black mold can even result in vomiting, nausea, nosebleeds, and bleeding in the lungs.

For this reason, it is imperative that before you get to work on water damage repair, you remove anything porous that might host black mold. Black mold damage could be in carpets, furniture, and water-damaged drywall.

For everything water-logged that you can’t remove, it important to spray and wipe it down with bleach to kill any lingering black mold spores.

Start at the Top

If the flooding originated from first-floor pipes, it's important to first repair any ceiling water damage in your basement. Doing this first protects you from potential injuries caused by falling debris as you work.

You will also want to determine if the flooding did any structural damage to the beams and rafters (more on that in a minute).

Remove and Replace Damaged Drywall

Depending on the extent of the flooding, you may only have to remove the lower half of the drywall. However, if the whole panel sags at the top, you’ll need to remove the whole thing.

Drywall soaks up water like a sponge. Even when it dries, the structure of the panel has been significantly weakened and operates as a breeding ground for black mold.

Remove and Replace Warped Wood

If moisture remained in the wood of your basement for too long, the wood will begin to warp and could compromise the structural support of your house.

Warped studs (the vertical 2x4s behind the drywall) are easy enough to remove and replace one at a time. For corners, load-bearing beams, or posts, you may need to bring in an expert.

Leave the Serious Water Damage Repair to the Experts

The final step of water damage repair is to bring in the experts to waterproof your basement. They do this by installing proper basement drainage systems and repair foundations and cracks that could be an easy way for water to enter. This will prevent future flooding and save you time and money.

As you assess your flooded basement, don't feel disheartened. Follow these steps to repair the water damage, and turn to us. We can help you get your basement protected and your mind at ease.  

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