What You Should Know About Repairing Severe Water Damage

If you’re reading this right now, chances are you’ve come closer than you wanted to severe water damage. Luckily for you, we’re here to get your situation back to normal as soon as possible!

DIY Severe Water Repair Damage:

If you haven’t already shut off your water source and electricity, this is your cue to do that right now! You don’t want to be paying for extra water or risk electrocuting yourself trying to fix your flooding.

Secondly, mould begins to settle in after around 24 hours, so fixing your problems as soon as possible means you’re going to have less problems to deal with later on.

Fixing your damage:

If you’re going to fix this yourself, these next tips will ensure everything is back to normal as soon as possible. However, if you don’t have the time, confidence or just want to make sure a good job is done, calling a professional like JCS Plumbing to give you a hand will ensure your mind will be at ease while we sort it all out for you.

What type of water is it?:

Firstly it’s important to assess what kind of water it is. Clean water from rain, condensation or leaky pipes will do the least harm, whereas greywater from dishwaters, clean toilets and washing machines and black water from sewerage and flooding will start to rack up the damage and the cost of repair.

Drying the area:

Now comes the important part – drying out the affected area. No matter the size of the water damage, doing a thorough job at this stage will ensure that later complications such as mould are reduced. For smaller areas of damage consider circulating air using a fan, or a large-capacity dehumidifier for larger projects to ensure all surrounding wood, carpet and other materials are saved.

Get rid of the damaged goods:

In the process of drying the affected area, you might have to cut your losses by chucking out any heavily affected porous materials such as carpet, insulation or fabric. Unfortunately, if they have been soaked through, the water will more often than not permanently damage them, shrinking or warping them from their original state. This does include wood, and if badly damaged will have to be ripped out and replaced.

Disinfect!:

The next step is to disinfect the area, ensuring there is no opportunity for mould to set in. The most common disinfectant is a bleach solution, but a quick internet search will find you plenty other alternatives.

Replacing what’s removed:

Now that everything is removed and cleaned, the time comes to repair what is left. Drywall, wood, carpet and furniture all have to be assessed and replaced if needed. It is recommended for flooring to replace with new waterproof flooring in the eventuality that a leak happens again. Examples can include, vinyl, engineered wood and ceramic tiling.

Why JCS Plumbing?

If you’re looking to avoid these inconveniences again in the future, ensuring your plumbing is regularly checked and maintained is paramount. Not only will it save you time and effort, knowing that your house is in the right hands will give you overwhelming peace of mind.

At JCS Plumbing, our 15 years of experience have given us a reputation as one of Perth’s most reliable services for your water and gas plumbing needs. Our high-quality, 24-hour plumbing service means we are always ready to assist you, no matter the time or the situation.

Call us today for an obligation-free quote and we’ll figure out together what the best way is to help you!



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