If your home has recently experienced water damage, you already know what a harrowing experience it can be. Whether from flooding, storms, or other causes, getting rid of excess water is a difficult process—and then there’s everything that comes after the water removal, too. For instance, water damage is often accompanied by mold growth, as mold thrives in dank, moist environments. And then there’s the actual drying of your property to consider. Keep reading to learn how to dry out walls after water damage, courtesy of our experienced cleaning and restoration experts at FP Property Restoration. And remember, if your home has recently experienced a disaster, FP is here 24/7 for you!
Signs of Water Damage in Walls
First signs of a water leak are dripping ceilings and walls. Property owners should find and fix the leak as soon as possible. Afterwards, companies that specialize in water damage restoration for walls & ceilings can either dry the ruined materials or tear them out and replace them.
Signs of water damage such as dampness, dripping, staining, or material degradation may not be apparent for a long time after a roof or slow plumbing leak has begun. It depends on the amount of water whether the damage is severe or not. Additionally, it depends on how long the leak has been ongoing and the level of contamination of the water.
Water damage may already be too late by the time it becomes apparent on walls or ceilings. The probability of damage penetrating porous building materials is high. Experts can identify whether porous materials have been contaminated and which materials are safe to clean and dry. Their findings will help determine what needs to be ripped out and replaced. We connect property owners nationwide with leading local and regional specialists in water damage restoration for walls and ceilings.
5 Steps to Dry Out Your Walls After Water Damage
- Remove Paintings & Objects from Your Walls: There’s simply no way to dry your walls while paintings, portraits, and other decorations still hang on them. To keep these items safe and to help the cleaning process go as smoothly as possible, you should always take down paintings and other objects soon after water damage occurs.
- Open Up Windows & Doors: Opening up windows and doors is an almost surefire way to move along the most-water damage drying process. This will also help to air out your house, and reduce any lingering odors caused by the damage.
- Run Fans: By positioning fans on either side of the room in your house where the water damage occurred, and pointing them at the walls, you can actually get rid of a lot of lingering moisture. This is another step that will help your house smell better too, as fans can help extract moisture from damp walls and the surrounding air.
- Strip Away Molding, Baseboards & Wallpaper: Okay, we know that this process may sound a little more extreme, and to be fair, it is. But by stripping your walls as bare as possible, you will be able to dry them out faster, as molding, baseboards, and wallpaper will only slow the process down. Moreover, it is better to strip away parts of your walls than to let moisture cling to them too long, forcing you to replace large portions of your walls at a time. And if you don’t want to do this on your own, you can always…
- Call a Professional: If you have experienced extensive water damage and are not equipped to help your property dry out on its own, you can always call our team at FP Property Restoration. We offer a comprehensive structural drying service for both homes and businesses. Our technicians can provide professional dehumidification designed to not only dry out your walls, but also reduce the amount of mold spores in your air. And with other cleaning and repair services to ensure your home stays safe and comfortable no matter what, FP Property Restoration has everything you need.