How to Handle Water Damage When Renovating Your Basement

How to Handle Water Damage When Renovating Your Basement
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    When getting ready to redo your basement, it's not unusual to find at least some water damage.

    While it may look bad, basement water damage is typically easy to deal with.


Here are the steps you should take to handle water damage when renovating your basement.

Check for Signs of Water Damage

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether or not your home has been negatively affected by water exposure. You may be able to notice the smell of mildew present if your walls or floors have been exposed to moisture for an extended period of time.

Checking for signs of discoloration can also help you find out if water is damaging your walls from the inside. Try moving your furniture around in order to find wet spots that may not have been immediately visible to you.

Assess the Extent of the Damage

The first step in dealing with water damage is figuring out the extend of the damages and how bad they are. When you find water damage, thoroughly inspect the surrounding area to see how far it goes.

If you have paneling or finished walls in the basement, try to figure out if they are concealing additional damage.

Sometimes, water can make its way through small gaps which can make identifying water damages difficult. By getting a complete picture of how bad the situation is, you can begin putting together a plan to address it.

Stop the Source of the Water

Once you’ve figured out how far the damage goes, you should be able to discern where the water is coming in. Before you fix the damage that has already been done, you should shore up the spot where water is coming in. This may mean having foundation repairs or basement waterproofing done.

While these fixes may cost money, taking the necessary precautions is better than repairing the damaged areas only to have them get ruined again the next time there’s a major rainstorm. Preventing future water damages from occurring is an important part of keeping your home’s interior and exterior in good condition.

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Have the Current Damage Cleaned Up

After fixing the source of the water damage, you can invest in water damage restoration to help handle the damaged in your basement. It’s usually best to hire a professional, since water damage can be difficult to clean up.

Most restoration experts have access to quality equipment that can help complete projects quickly and efficiently. Finding a contractor who can tear out the damaged materials and replace them will ensure that all of the affected areas are fixed properly before you proceed with your renovation.

Keep an Eye Open for New Damage

Even after you have fixed the old damage, you’ll want to keep an eye on the areas where it occurred for a while. If you start to see evidence of new water damage, you can save yourself money by heading it off quickly.

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By keeping a close eye on your basement, you should be able to detect any new damage early and have it addressed before it becomes a major problem again.

By taking these simple steps, you should be able to fully clean up any water damage you discover during a basement renovation. Although water damage is always inconvenient, fixing it is a relatively straightforward process.

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