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4 Ways to Handle Water Damage in Your Kitchen

4 Ways to Handle Water Damage in Your Kitchen
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    A major part of remodeling and renovating revolves around fixing damaged areas of the home.

    While often we focus on broken or worn down counters, furniture, or appliances, one of the biggest causes of damage is water.

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Mold, mildew, and rot can quickly spread, often right under your feet. When it comes to the wet areas in your home, including your bathroom and kitchen, there’s always a higher possibility of getting water damage.

Water can be an intrusive substance that can damage the structural components of any home very quickly. If you have water damage in your kitchen, here are four ways to handle it effectively.

Start Drying Immediately

Make sure you start drying the area that is damaged as soon as you can, especially if the water damage was caused suddenly by a burst pipe or leak. Before you get started ripping apart items and trying to replace them, you need to get your kitchen dried.

It’s best to get unit heaters for the size of the space that you’re dealing with. Many of these can be bought or rented from your local hardware store. Just get them up and running so that the excess moisture can be evaporated from the kitchen in your home.

Assess the Damage

Once your heaters are up and running, it’s time to assess the extent of the damage. You’ll need to discover just how deep the water damage goes. Check your walls, flooring, and cabinets.

If you’re having trouble determining what can be dried out and what needs to be thrown out, then contact a water damage restoration company to assist you. This way, you can ensure you don’t leave behind materials that will grow mold and mildew over time.

Always Contact Your Insurance Company

You have homeowner’s insurance for a reason. While water is one of those areas that may be confusing for some, it’s worth checking to see if your insurance will cover the scenario.

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In most cases, your insurance company will cover accidental water damage to your kitchen. Flooding tends to be the only type of water damage that some insurance companies won’t cover, depending on the policy that the homeowner has. Regardless, it never hurts to check!

Consider Replacement Materials

If you had to remove various materials due to water damage, you should start thinking about the future. For example, if you had wood flooring that was significantly damaged due to the water, then you may want to pick a different flooring material to replace it with.

A waterproof material like ceramic of vinyl can be a better option to help prevent future water damage. Consider a variety of replacement materials.

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It can be hard to handle water damage in your kitchen, bathroom, or basement, and you may not like having to think about potential future damages. However, it pays to be prepared.

The sooner you know how to handle the situation, the sooner you can get your kitchen back to normal. When you find yourself facing water damage, be sure to refer back to the information above.

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Brook Chaplan

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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