How Do You Dry Out A Water Damaged House?

Stacy CookWater Damage

Water damage in a house can be a challenging problem for homeowners to deal with. Water damage can result from natural disasters, burst pipes, or flooding, leading to potential health risks, structural damage, and property loss. If your home has suffered water damage, drying it out is a critical step to prevent further water damage and prevent the growth of mold and mildew. In this blog, we will discuss how to dry out a house after water damage, the steps involved in the water damage restoration process, and how ORC Services can help with free water damage inspections.


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Step 1: Evaluate the DamageBefore starting the water damage restoration process, it’s essential to evaluate the extent of the damage. Knowing the extent of the damage will help determine the best approach to dry out the affected areas. You may need to check the entire property, including the attic, and roof spaces, for any signs of water damage. Some signs include:

-Visible water stains on walls, ceilings, or floors

-Warping or rot on wood surfaces

-Cracks on wall surfaces

-Unusual odors

-Water accumulation on floors and carpets

Once you have assessed the extent of the damage, you can then start the cleaning and drying process.

Step 2: Remove Standing WaterThe next step is to remove any standing water from the property. Standing water can not only cause structural damage to your home but can also create a conducive environment for mold growth. The use of extraction equipment such as wet vacs and pumps can help remove the standing water efficiently.

Step 3: Dry the Affected AreaAfter removing any standing water, you need to dry the affected area. Drying the property is an essential step in preventing mold growth and property damage. Here are four ways to dry out a house after water damage:

  1. Air Drying. This method involves using natural air flow techniques to dry out the property. It’s a more manual and time-consuming process to move more air through the affected areas. Open your windows and doors to allow for natural air flow. Fans can also help circulate air and draw out moisture faster.
  2. Dehumidifiers. Dehumidifiers can help reduce the moisture levels and humidity in the affected area. A dehumidifier uses its technology to extract water in the air and forces it outside, promoting faster drying. Be sure to clean your dehumidifier regularly to eliminate any mold accumulation.
  3. HVAC Systems. Your HVAC system can help dry out your house after water damage. The air conditioner or heater can be used to speed up the drying process, absorbing moisture from the air.
  4. Professional Restoration. Professional restoration services are the most reliable and fastest option for drying out a house after water damage. Restoration professionals have the necessary equipment, knowledge, and experience to dry out the affected areas quickly and effectively.

Step 4: Clean and DisinfectOnce you have dried out the affected area, the next step is to clean and disinfect it. Cleaning and disinfecting help remove bacteria, mold, and mildew that can cause health problems in your home. Use cleaning solutions specifically designed for water damage restoration.

Step 5: Prevent Further Damage. Once you’ve cleaned and disinfected the affected area, you must take preventative measures to prevent further damage. Here are four ways to prevent further damage:

  1. Repair Damaged Flooring and Walls. Replace and fix any damaged material and surfaces to prevent further water damage to your home. Water-damaged surfaces are prone to rot and mold growth, so it’s crucial to repair the damage as soon as possible.
  2. Seal Cracks and Pipes. Seal any cracks and pipes that could create an entry point for water into your home. Consider hiring professionals to inspect the pipes, roof, and other related surfaces regularly.
  3. Inspect and Clean Gutters and Downspouts. Gutters and downspouts can become clogged with debris, preventing effective water drainage from your home. Regular inspection and cleaning of gutters and downspouts can prevent flooding.
  4. Protect Your Home From Future Water Damage. Adding more protection to your home can prevent future water damage from occurring. Consider installing flood barriers or creating drainage systems to move water away from your home.

How ORC Services Can HelpIt’s easy to become overwhelmed with water damage in your home. If you’re unsure of what steps to take, ORC Services can help. They offer free water damage inspections during normal working hours, providing you with professional guidance on how to move forward.

ORC Services has professionals equipped with state-of-the-art equipment necessary for water damage restoration services. These professionals will dry out your home, remove standing water, and disinfect the affected area effectively and quickly. Additionally, ORC Services will repair any damaged areas, preventing future water damage.