Cold, damp, and unhygienic is what homes that are suffering from water damage can be. Hardly the ideal place to care for and bring up a family. Luckily, there are some things you can do if your beloved family home is wetter than it should be. Just read on to find out what they are.
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Water Damaged Carpets
Often, we don't think about preventing water damage in our homes until the problem is staring us in the face. If you are looking at a wet carpet right now, you need to act quickly as mold and bacteria can grow from carpet water damage as soon as 24 to 48 hours after the carpet becomes wet. With this in mind, if the carpets in your home have started to smell or if they are damp to the touch, then reaching out to a water damage clean-up company such as ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba as soon as possible is strongly recommended. Take care of this problem first, then read on to see what to do as a prevention for the future.
Rising damp is water that the foundations of your home absorb. It then travels up through the building making the upper levels damp and unpleasant.
Often, rising damp is seen as a major issue, especially in older houses and can be a deciding factor when deciding to purchase one or not. However, you can do something about this problem in most cases, and it’s to contract professional basement waterproofing contractors to treat the bottom level of your home. To do these, companies apply waterproofing products to the walls and floor, as well as install a sump pump in the worse cases. An action that will ensure that your basement, and so the rest of your home stays nice and dry.
Mildew and condensation
Condensation is another issue that many homeowners find themselves having to resolve. Condensation occurs when there is a difference in temperature between the inside of the home and the outside.
When it is colder outside the warm air containing moisture that is circulating in your home hits the cold windows and instantly cools. This cooling causes the process of condensation where the water is released, and it can be such as issue because it releases unwanted water into the air, stains windows, blocks views, and can also encourage the growth of nasty black mold. Something you can find out more about in the video below.
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With all the damage that something as simple as condensation can do, you may be wondering what action you can take to stop it? Well, most people choose to install UPVC triple glazed windows to help with this problem. These work so well because the warm air inside the home doesn't hit the glass closest to the outside, making is less likely to trigger the condensation process.
Structural issues are another cause of damp in the home, and in some ways, they can be the most insidious. The reason for this is because cracks or gaps in the walls of your house can let in unwanted water which can penetrate into the inside wall. This water can then can easily become unsightly, and cause damage to your home decor and furnishings. Of course, it makes your nice warm home a pretty miserable place to be in as well, not to mention the health risk for all that mold floating about in the atmosphere!
To fix this type of damp issue, you will need repair work done on your home. The first task is to get a builder to assess where the water is coming from and then plug this gap. Then, once things have dried out, you can decorate over the damp patch, and get back to living in a warm and dry environment.
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Ryan Barnard says
It is a unanimously known fact that water damage is a terrible phenomenon that every homeowner hopes they never have to encounter. Yet unfortunately, it is something that every homeowner should try to be prepared for and make the most of in case it does affect them.
Ryan, those are very wise words. Thanks for stopping by.
Ridley Fitzgerald says
It’s good to know more about water damage in homes and basements. Our home is older than normal, so I bet rising damp could be a problem. We’ll have to hire a contractor to come and apply that waterproofing stuff you mentioned. That’ll give me peace of mind.