Water damage in your home can be serious or minor. If you had more than one inch of flood, we would consider this flood minor. If you had 6 inches or more of water that flooded an area, we would consider it very serious. This article is to help you know what to do if you have had these things that happened to you at home.
If you have had a slight flood problem, repairing water damage at home can be quite simple. First of all, if you have a carpet, you have to pull it up and run several fans to air it. Most of the time, you can save your carpet if you pull it immediately and air it and dry it. If it is in the water more than 24 hours, the mold begins to grow which is extremely deadly and most likely you will need to replace the carpet. Also, if you have had a minimal flood, you will not have to rip walls and do preventative maintenance of mold. Remember, if you have a minimum of flood, rip these rugs immediately to save them!
A severe flood is a different story. If you can remove the water quickly enough, you can remove these carpets and dry them in an attempt to save them. Carpets most likely to be completely destroyed when there is more than 6 inches of water. Repairing home water damage is a much longer process in this case. After removing the carpets, you must remove all drywall that has been submerged by water and you should really cut the drywall a full foot above the submergence line. Remove all drywall and insulation. Before replacing carpets and walls, you must make sure to do preventive treatment against mold on the cement. The easiest way to do this is to buy an anti-mildew primer like Killz and apply it to the concrete once everything is dry. This will help mold not grow, which could be extremely harmful for you and anyone else who lives at home.
If you do not have the time to do these repairs yourself, hiring a water damage repair contractor would be a great idea. They are fast and very effective in keeping your home safe after severe water damage. They are also experts in damage assessment and most of the time send claims to your insurance company to make sure you get everything covered.