DIY Water Damage Restoration in Louisville, KY
Water damage in your home can be immediate especially with the weather Louisville, Kentucky has had lately. Until that huge thunderstorm rolled through, dropping six inches of rain in a couple of hours, you never realized the slope of your back yard was basically a funnel that ended at the doors of your family room.
Water damage restoration can also be sneaky. Water tends to follow the bones of a house, and so the source of water might not be near where the leak begins collecting. A leaking pipe or roof can drip water for months until problems are announced with a musty smell, maybe a trail of mold following a ceiling joist. By the time you notice, the attic insulation might be soaked, drywall has taken up moisture from the inside, studs have wicked up water to the point of expanding and deforming, or hardwood flooring has started buckling near walls. This sneaky damage might also tell on itself with blistering paint on walls and spreading stains in ceilings. If you’re house hunting beware that the simpler of these signs can be covered up with stain-blocking paint.
Before you decide on a do-it-yourself cleanup with a shop-vac, and by hauling up the dehumidifier from the basement, renting floor-drying fans and buying mold and mildew treatment, let’s go through some basic information.
Let’s say your old water heater finally rusted out, with the tank bottom falling away. The fill line to the water heater now starts filling your basement, overwhelming your sump pump, and by the time you get home a few inches of water is in your basement. Your first move is to turn off the electricity.
Next you’ll need a submersible pump. A typical pump will drain an 800-sq/ft basement of about three feet of water in about 24 hours, so maybe get two. If you don’t have a generator you’ll need to run cords to a neighbor. The discharge end of the pump accepts a garden hose fitting. Make sure you have enough hoses so that the final discharge is well into the yard, and not just flowing back into the basement.
If your basement is finished, then you’ll have the same problems as with above-grade living areas. If it’s unfinished, the furnace and water heater, plus any appliances, will still need attention. Once the water is gone the concrete floor will still put out moisture, so you’ll need to run dehumidifiers for several days. Even when dealing only with a flooded basement getting the water out as soon as possible is crucial.
Now let’s move upstairs. If you’re left with standing water move all items on the floor to a dry area. Wooden table legs, chair legs and sofa legs will continue to wick up moisture as long as they sit in water. Older furniture made of solid hardwoods will probably be unaffected if removed from water quickly. Most inexpensive furniture you assemble yourself will be a loss. These pieces are typically a fake veneer on particleboard. The particleboard will soak up water immediately, then expand and begin to fall apart.
Removing water quickly can be crucial to modern hardwood floors. Older hardwood floors consist of a ¼” plank on a sub floor, and can take more punishment. Most hardwood floors today, even in expensive homes, consist of a very thin hardwood veneer, 1/32” or even less, adhered to a dense particleboard. Once the particleboard begins wicking you’re in trouble. We use Injectidry floor mats to dry out hardwoods and try to save them before they buckle.
So, let’s step back and reconsider doing it yourself. If you had to start from zip you’ve probably spent over $500 to get going:
2 submersible pumps @ $100 …………………. $200
2 medium-duty extension cords @ $25 ………… 50
1 dehumidifier ………………………………….. 150
rent floor-drying fans ………………………….. 100
Now you begin a job you’re not sure how to do. Emotions are on edge. And depending on the height the water got to and how long it was in place, you’ll probably think the job is finished, when in fact it is not. As just one example, try as you will there’s no way a homeowner can dry out carpet padding. Even when the carpeting seems dry the padding is not. The folks over at Emergency Restoration Services suggest using professionals every time.
So you can try to DIY. Or if you’re in Louisville or surrounding areas you can call us 585-2444. We answer our phone 24/7/365. We will respond within one hour. We will arrive with a trained crew and all equipment necessary. In fact we’ll arrive with the knowledge you couldn’t be expected to have and with equipment you don’t know exists. Like thermal cameras that show the exact location of water and moisture, like Injectidry mats that pull water from hardwood floors, and like special wall-drying fans that dry behind walls without damaging them. We are also completely familiar with removing and preventing mold. In fact during our over ten years in business no water restoration project we completed has ever grown mold.