Here’s What to Do About Water Damage Between Floors
Rain water flooding and plumbing leaks can both cause flooding and water damage between the floors of a home. Unfortunately, some leaks that occur in the interstitial space between the stories of a home can go unnoticed at first until the water accumulation becomes extensive enough to cause visible damage to the ceiling.
Water between the floors of home nearly always requires a professional water damage restoration specialist. This type of water damage often requires the removal of damaged building materials, like the drywall in the ceiling or the floors of the top story, and targeted water extraction using professional grade equipment. Smaller leaks may be able to be dried and repaired by the homeowner, following these four steps.
Step 1: Find the source of the leak.
Before you can begin to work at drying out the water damage between the floors of your home, you have to find the source of the leak. If you know the source is plumbing related, turn off the water in your home immediately to prevent further flooding.
Unfortunately, it may be difficult to find the source of the leak at first. Water can actually travel between the floors of a home, which means where the visible water staining on the ceiling occurs may not be the source of the leak. Beginning by removing the most damaged pieces of drywall is the simplest way to find the exact source of the leak so you can begin to dry out the water.
Step 2: Remove Water Damaged building Materials
Although some water damaged materials may be salvageable, any water-soaked drywall should be removed and replaced. Removing the drywall will also allow for quicker water extraction. If you unsure about how much demolition is required, a professional water damage specialist can determine which areas of the ceiling can be rescued and which need to be tossed.
Typically, any water damage restoration job will begin by removing or covering furniture to avoid further damage. Removing wet drywall is a messy job, and tarps are often used to protect unaffected areas of the home. Once the most damaged building materials are safely removed, water extraction can begin.
Step 3: Dry Out the Water Accumulation Between Floors.
Before repairs to the space can begin, you must be certain that the area is completely dry. Any dampness left behind could cause mold and mildew growth. Since mold is known to have adverse affects on the health of those exposed to it, it is crucial the space is quickly and completely dried.
Water damage technicians are equipped with professional grade equipment that is capable of removing as much as 100 pounds of water per hours from flooded homes. You may be able to dry out smaller leaks using a wet/dry shop vac, fans and dehumidifiers.
Step 4: Repair Water Damaged Building Materials.
If you have decided to dry out the flood in your home on your own, you will also need to repair the damaged areas of the floor and ceiling. Once the interstitial space in your home is completely dry, remove any drywall that has been extensively damaged and replace it with a patch. Any areas that are only slightly affected by water may only need to be dried and painted. Use a stain resistant primer before repainting the ceiling to match the rest of the room.
Hiring a professional water damage restoration company
There are definitely instances when you will need to hire a professional after flooding in the interstitial space in your home. For instance, if the flooding was extensive enough to cause structural vulnerabilities such as sagging in your ceiling, you really need a professional advice on the best plan for returning your home to its pre-loss condition. And, even if a small amount of water accumulation has gone unnoticed, there is a risk of mold and mildew growth . An expert trained in mold remediation can perform necessary tests to ensure your home is safe before you return to living in the space.
At Pioneer Restoraion, we work with homeowners after they experiencing flooding between the floors in their home. Our technicians work on an on call basis, ready to respond to emergency calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To schedule a free, on-site water damage restoration estimate, click here or call 541-527-7260.