A house can have water damage due to many things, such as flood, excessive rain, and burst pipes. No matter how your house becomes flooded, the damage can be anywhere from one room to your entire home. Below are some tips for remodeling your home after water damage.
Dry It Out
The very first thing you should do is to start drying out your home. The easiest way to do this is to call a flood restoration company. They have equipment that can dry your house much quicker than you can, such as large industrial fans.
You should also either turn up your air conditioning or heat, depending on the weather, or open up all of your windows. This can help get some of the moisture out of your home. Taking every precaution that you can now might stop any further deterioration due to excessive moisture and mold buildup. The recovery team may use an antimicrobial wash to clean surfaces that may have mold on them.
Call Your Insurance Company
You need to call your insurance company as soon as you can. Ask them to send an adjuster out to your home to assess the damage as soon as possible. This person documents that you have taken steps to start drying out your home. Work closely with them, as they are going to be your best advocate and advisor.
Look For Mold
When the insurance adjuster is finished looking over your home and everything is dried out, hire a mold testing expert to take samples from the ceiling surfaces and drywall to see if there is mold.
These samples will be tested for black mold spores at a lab. Black mold could be growing inside the walls, and you would never know it. Over time, this can cause health issues. Wait for the lab's test results before you go further. If there is mold found, you will have to take steps to remove the drywall or ceiling.
Start the Construction
By now, the insurance company should have given you the amount they are willing to give you to cover the cost of reconstruction. Take your time to find a professional that you can rely on, and that you know will do a good job for you.
While the construction is going, cover all of the vents in your home. If you do not, the paint fumes and dust will circulate throughout your home. The construction company should do what they can to block off the room they are working in. For example, they may put plastic sheeting on the open doorways.
Be ready to make many decisions during this process. You will have to select materials, colors, fixtures, and much more. This can get tiring very fast, and making these decisions beforehand is a big help. This is the perfect times to make changes you have always wanted to.