There’s more to repairing water damage in the home than simply painting over the damaged wall or ceiling and continuing on your merry way. Unfortunately, the problem will persist if you don’t take the necessary measures to actually identify the source of the water damage and do something to stem the flow of water.
Water damage can come from any number of sources such as condensation, melting ice, a leaky roof, or a faulty water pipe. The water damage can go unnoticed for long periods of time and only becomes apparent when the build-up is so large you’re beginning to see staining on the walls, ceilings, or floors. By this time you can pretty well be assured that the damage is going to be extensive and probably expensive.
It is possible to do your own repairs when it comes to water-damaged drywall or to a hardwood floor that has been damaged. But the safest course of action is to call in the professionals such as a water damage remediation expert and get them to take a look at the problem. These experts are going to be well equipped to identify the problem and will then be able to attack the clean-up with the background of many years of experience having done it all before.
Minor water damage, as long as the source has been identified and solved, can be cleaned up on your own. This may be achieved by going through a process of completely drying the affected area before performing the necessary repairs. This may involve a small replacement of the drywall or of operating a dehumidifier overnight, both of which will help get you on the way to putting the home back in order.
You can’t always identify problems lurking behind walls, ceilings, and floors but you may be able to pick up changes in the atmosphere. Constant dampness in the air may be an early indicator that something is amiss in the home.
There is no need to be completely paranoid about possible water damage but you should be prepared to investigate thoroughly to catch it early before a small problem becomes a much larger one.