There are different types of home water damage and how you handle each one of them will be a little bit different. The main thing that you need to keep in mind here, is that water damaged building products attract mold, mildew and fungus.
If you have water damage from a small leak under your bathroom sink that only leaked about 8 ounces of water, you might not have very much to do. I would suggest that you monitor this area to make sure that it doesn’t start get worse or turn different colors. Small water leaks that don’t leak very long usually don’t cause much damage.
We just covered the damage from a small water, however, there isn’t much damage between a medium sized water leak and a large water leak. Medium and large water leaks create damage that will need to be repaired. The only difference is the amount of damage that needs to be repaired.
A medium sized water leak might damage the bathroom floor framing and plumbing pipes where a large water leak would have added additional damage like carpeting, flooring, drywall, ceilings, insulation and sometimes the building foundation.
The simplest way to deal with any water leak is dry the building materials out as soon as possible. If you don’t have the correct tools, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to contact a professional or go down to your local rental yard.
Remember, the water damage is already done to the house. You’re not in an emergency situation anymore, but you need to do something about it, as soon as possible. Mold, mildew, fungus, dry rot and termites love wet stuff. I needed to replace drywall in rooms were the water damaged carpet, only sat for one day.
If the homeowners would have removed the water from the carpeting with a high-powered vacuum a little bit sooner, they wouldn’t have needed to pay for any more unnecessary home repairs. Don’t let water damage repairs cost any more money than necessary and deal with them quickly.