Water damage is a common occurence in houses since all households have water running and plumbing that can become problematic. It is also sometimes due to weather elements and natural disasters such as flooding. Whatever the case, when water damage happens, water damage repairs will be required. Here are some of the most common water damage repairs that you might need.
Common Water Damage Repairs
Ceiling repairs - ceilings are the most prone to quick damage because they are under the force of gravity. It is therefore imperative that the repairs to the ceilings are done quickly or soon you will see the ceiling warping and eventually collapsing. To avoid this, remove the ceiling boards that are affected and check what the problem could be. Usually it is because of a leaking roof. Repair the roof first before replacing the ceiling board with another one. Ensure that the beams and the rafters are not damaged before replacing the board.
Drywall Repairs - Drywalls are very common in the modern houses. They get spoilt when they get wet and soaked. When soaked they will swell and sag. If the swelling on the drywall is more than 3/8 of an inch or more from the baseline then you should replace the entire board. Check on the insulation also. Dry Walls are usually very good at encouraging mold growth and therefore should always be kept dry. Ensure that the insulation is dry before replacing the sheets. You may also cut out the stained area and replace only that portion that is damaged.
Concrete repairs - concrete is also spoilt by water unlike what most people think. This is common where water leakage has been taking place slowly. The concrete becomes stained and mold grows on it. With this kind of damage, you should scrape out the top of the concrete or sand it. This should be done lightly to remove the very top layer. You can then refinish the area using concrete and then after it is dry you can paint as it were. If not so much of the concrete was removed in the scraping and sanding you will only have to repaint and the wall will be okay.
Hardwood floor repairs - hardwood floor repairs are some of the most common. Hard wood floors are clean and beautiful when installed but water is an insidious enemy of wood. The simplest way to repair hardwood floors is by sanding and scraping away the cupping or mold damage and then refinishing the floor. This is also done when staining of the floor occurs due to water damage. However sometimes, the damage to some of the boards is extensive and therefore requires you to replace damaged flooring by weaving in new planks. In both cases refinishing the entire floor might be required so you can have a consistent finish. This is because sanding will reveal the original color of the wood and also when adding a new plank you might not find it in the same consistency as your floor is in.
Other common water damage repairs include; replacement of broken or leaky fixtures and burst pipes or leaky plumbing.