Water Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
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Water Damage: Commonly Affected Areas
Water may wreak havoc in your Dublin, GA or Claxton, GA home. leaving you with a colossal cleanup task to do. Always check the following areas for signs of damage:
- Drywall: Look for discoloration, peeling, or sagging. Drywall that needs water repair typically has to be removed and replaced once it's visibly damaged.
- Insulation: Musty smells and uncomfortable temperatures in the home are among the symptoms of water damage.
- Wood: Look for expansion, discoloration, mold growth, or dry rot. If the wood is painted, you may see discoloration or bubbling in the paint as well. Wood framing may experience structural issues as well.
- Metal Framing: Metal studs can rust quickly if exposed to moisture for a prolonged period.
- Floor Coverings: Wood, laminate, and carpet are highly affected by moisture damage. Tile may appear unaffected, but often collects moisture within or underneath that must be dried properly. Luxury Vinyl Plank tends to be more resistant to water damage, but mold can grow underneath.
- Electrical Wiring: If the electrical wiring is wet, the circuit breakers in the main electrical board may trip. You may also hear a buzzing sound coming from light fittings, light switches, or plug points.
- HVAC: When there are leaks coming from your HVAC system, the leaks might be a sign of a frozen evaporator coil, a faulty condensation line, or even a clogged drain. If left unchecked, these leaks may cause water damage and form mold
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What To Do After Flooding
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
What NOT To Do After Flooding
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't use television or other household appliances.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.