A broken pipe or overflowing sink can be frustrating, but when it results in a flood of standing liquid, secondary problems can result. A secondary problem is often hidden damage, such as when the sheetrock absorbs water, drawing it deep into the paper-covered gypsum. Since water can move quickly through the walls and cause damage as it spreads, it is important to know how to handle a flood cleanup Orange County and how to fix water-damaged walls.

  1. Take Immediate Action

The first step is to turn off the electricity to the water-soaked area and try to locate the source. If you can turn the flowing water off near the sink or pipe, do so. Otherwise, turn the water off to the whole house at the water main.

  1. Find the Source

Finding and tending to the source of the water problem is best left to a professional. They can

  • Locate the broken pipe 
  • Unstop a clogged drain
  • Replace a burst hose

Plumbing and restoration professionals also have the equipment to remove the water, dry the walls, and prevent further secondary damage, such as mold.

  1. Fix the Walls

Wet walls can sometimes be dried with special blowers and dehumidifiers, but other times, the wet sheetrock must be cut out, removed, and replaced. A cut is made about 6 inches above the waterline, and the wet sheetrock and insulation are removed. Blowers move the air around in the open area to dry any damp wood. Once the structural supports are dry, replacement insulation is installed and new sheetrock is put in place. The area is then finished with mud, texture, and paint. 

If you need help with water damage restoration Orange County, find a professional to handle the problem. With quick remediation efforts, these workers can get your water-damaged walls dried out or replaced and your home back in order.

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