When there’s a flood in your home, whether it was caused by nature or it was caused by a broken pipe, your walls are going to get wet. While furniture and belongings are relatively easy to deal with, even if that means throwing some away, walls are a lot harder to take care of properly.
However, there are some things you can do to combat water damage. Just make sure you act quickly! Letting walls stay wet for more than a day or two can mean having to start over with just the structural wood and studs, discarding all of your wet drywall.
Air is Your Friend
When walls are wet but haven’t been that way for more than a day, your best bet for reducing water damage is to allow air in from outside. Air circulation will help to make your walls dry faster than they would on their own.
Another thing you can do to help your walls dry is to use a box or industrial fans. Point them toward the wet walls and leave them running for at least 48 hours.
More than Three Days?
If your walls have been wet for more than three days you need to begin the process of removing the wet drywall. To do this, you’ll need a sharp razor blade to score and cut the wet drywall away.
While this is something you can do on your own, it’s best to leave it to professionals. They’ll be able to remove all the damaged drywall, not just pieces that are obviously wet to touch.
You don’t want mold growing in your home and in your walls.
Contact Kala Professional Restoration Services to learn more about cleaning up after water damage and to get help from professionals who know how to properly repair your home.
Robert Matheka is the Owner of Kala Construction Inc.., a leading water damage repairs. and restoration services provider in Ontario, CA. Our services include extraction of water and drying out the structure by using special extraction equipment, air movers, and dehumidification equipment to restore your property back to normal after a disaster.