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Dealing with water damage in Knoxville

3/11/2015 (Permalink)

Water damage is insidious, because long after you have cleaned up the mess, there can still be damage lurking behind the scenes that you can't see.

Dealing with water damage 

Knoxville water damage is insidious, because long after you have cleaned up the mess, there can still be damage lurking behind the scenes that you can't see. That's why it's extremely important to do a proper job of water damage repair to restore the damaged space to its previous condition.

Stop the water

Before you start cleaning up, make sure the source of the water damage in Bearden has stopped. If the problem is man-made, such as a burst pipe, make sure the source of the water is shut off. If your water damage was caused by an act of nature, such as a flood, make sure the rain has stopped and the flood waters have receded before starting your cleanup.

Remove the water

You need to get the water out of you flooded Bearden space as soon as possible. If you have a floor drain, this can occur quickly, and you may not have to do much work. But more than likely, you will need to get rid of the water using a pump or wet/dry vac, depending on how much there is.

Drying things out

After you get the water removed, you must dry out the space as soon as possible. Ventilate the room as much as possible and bring in fans to move the air around to help dry things out. After running fans for at least 24 hours, feel walls, floors and ceilings to see if they feel damp. Once they feel dry, bring in dehumidifiers to suck out remaining moisture. Before moving on to restoration, use a moisture meter to check for any hidden moisture in wood and drywall.


Once the space is completely dried out, you can move on to the task of water damage repair. The first thing you should do is to remove anything porous that was immersed in water. This includes carpet and padding, mattresses and upholstered furniture. You also should remove drywall that got wet. If your moisture meter shows that water remains in wood studs and flooring, you will have to remove those items to prevent the possibility of mold. Items that can be machine washed, such as clothing, towels and small rugs, can be kept. Ensure the space is completely free of moisture before re-installing drywall and flooring.

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