Dealing With the Water Damage to Your Home After Severe Weather Causes Severe Leaks


Severe weather can cause a lot of damage to your home. Often, in the aftermath, leaks leave your home vulnerable to water damage. Therefore, you are going to have restoration work done before the damage gets worse. These repairs need to also include improvements to prevent future damage. The following restoration information will help you rebuild after severe weather causes leaks and water damage:

Inspections to Find the Leaks

The restoration work needs to start with an inspection of your home. You want to evaluate the condition of exterior finishes and locate the leaks. It can be difficult to locate the cause of leaks. Look for the following signs of leaks that are causing water damage inside your home:

  • Dark watermarks on the exterior finishes
  • Loose molding and exterior finishes
  • Damp smells with damp soil near the leak

The leaking exterior finishes often cause severe water damage. Therefore, you need to find the damage and repair these leaks when restoring your home. Sometimes, the damage is not visible until you start removing finishes and exposing the affected areas. When you begin removing materials, there may be additional problems like mold growth.

Removing Damaged Finishes

The finishes where there were leaks have to be removed. When you remove these materials, you want to contain the damaged area and test for additional problems like mold. Some of the work that needs to be done when removing the materials in damaged areas include:

  • Inspecting for structural damage
  • Checking for issues with mold
  • Removing all insulation in the damaged area

The exterior finishes need to be updated with improvements like modern house wrap. This will help prevent leaks and moisture problems. The moisture problems are often far beyond the exterior finishes. Therefore, you want to make sure you get professional help with the removal of the damaged materials and testing for problems with mold. Talk with the restoration contractor about testing and removing any mold when the restoration work is being done.

Repairing and Rebuilding  

Rebuilding your home is the biggest challenge that you will have to deal with when restoring water damage. This is a time when you can also plan improvements that will make your home more resistant to water damage. The improvements can include waterproofing, updating drainage systems, and using more water-resistant materials for finishes.

The severe weather that causes leaks can be a serious problem if there is water getting into your home. Call a water damage restoration service to start finding the leaks and restoring your home.


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