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The options available to property owners when attempting water damage restoration vary based on the extent of the damage. Some issues can be covered or repaired, while in more severe cases, materials will need to be removed and replaced. In very severe cases a professional will need to be called because certain equipment may be needed in order to fully repair the damaged portion of a building.
For cosmetic damage, like very small holes or cracks in drywall, putty or drywall mud and paint may be all that is needed. These things can be found in any home improvement store. More extensive damage may require that the entire wall be taken down and replaced with new drywall, although in some cases new sheets can be placed over the damaged ones. Doing this is not recommended if there is any chance of mold on the water damaged areas.
Mold is a very common and sometimes dangerous problem encountered during water damage restoration. On non-porous services it can be washed or wiped away, but in drywall and ceiling plaster, this is not generally possible. Most times if mold is an issue, the damaged portions of material should be taken down entirely and replaced with new ones. Mold can be damaging to the lungs and airways, so a professional should be called if there is a large area which contains mold, or protective measures should be taken.
Water damage restoration is easier on areas where there is only slight staining or discoloration. This requires the area to be washed with a detergent and then covered with sealant in order to prevent further damage. Then the damaged portion can generally painted over to cover the stain. It is important to check before painting to ensure that the structural integrity of the area is still intact. Any rippling, chipping, or bubbling indicates more serious damage.
If the water damage restoration involves a surface that is made from wood, the area should be checked for peeling or chipping. Any damaged paint should be removed or sanded away, as well as any rough patches. Once this is done, the wood may need to be treated or sealed to prevent any additional water damage from taking place. After this is done, it can be painted if desired.
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