The beach life is great and very relaxing when the weather is enjoyable, but when disaster hits and can be very devastating for everyone in the community. I have spent my entire life growing up near the ocean and I love everything about this life style. I don’t ever intend on living anywhere else other than the beachside and I’m will to incorporate the risks of flooding due to water surge, tropical storms, and hurricanes. Recently, we had a hurricane hit our are and we took a hard hit when it comes to water damage. Our house is on stilts, but the water surge and pounding waves were so high that we had water rise up around 2 feet above our lower flooring. We were definitely in store for some serious water damage restoration throughout our whole house.
Lucky for me, I already had some non-puncture waterproof gloves and boots to do a little prep work for restoration. I also had purchased a wet vac and had a water pump about a year ago so I could remove any water from the scene. To remove further water after the clean up, I had borrowed a dehumidifier from one of my friends inland.
Let’s Get Started
To begin, you must gear up with your gloves and boots and start pumping out any still water in your home. When that is done, make sure to use your wet vac to pick up any extra water that has seeped into your carpeting. You will then want to remove your baseboards in the affected areas and start carefully pulling up your carpets. There are sharp tacks and nails beneath so make sure not to cut yourself, hence the non-puncture gloves and boots. You must also make sure not to tear the underside of the carpet if you plan on re-installing it back into your home. Take your carpets outside to dry and spray them down with an anti-microbial spray that slow down the growth of mold and fungus. We must make sure the carpets are clear any traces of water before we put them back.
The next step is to start removing the padding that has been soaked underneath. You can toss this stuff as you will be installing new backing when everything has dried. If the drywall is damaged, you will have to remove and replace that as well. You can usually just replace the sections that were emersed in water. By opening up the drywall, you are also allowing more ventilation behind the walls to further prevent mold growth.
Now we can place the dehumidifier and let it do its job. The more de-humidifiers you have, the faster this process will go. There are moisture testers you can buy that will tell you how much water resides behind a wall or beneath the floors.
Your water damage restoration efforts are almost complete. Now that everything is dry, we must put everything back together. Depending on your home improvement capabilities, you may want to hire a professional. However, if you’re up for the job, here’s what to do. First, we must replace the drywall that was damaged and replace any insulation that was removed. We will then lay down new padding followed by the restored carpet. Last, we will re-install the baseboards if they weren’t damaged and presto. Your water damage restoration is complete. Enjoy and remember to always be prepared.