Whether you had a broken pipe or an overflowing bathtub, water damage inside your home can be extensive. In addition to restoring your property after damage, you should consider making renovations to minimize future instance of water damage.
Change Your Flooring
The flooring you have can make a significant difference in the amount of long-term damage your home sustains from water damage. There are multiple options for water-resistant flooring and your selection will likely be different for reach room. Concrete flooring is a good option for the living room and other high-traffic areas. Concrete is sturdy and can be manipulated to look like wood or decorative material.
Areas in your home that are prone to water damage, such as the bathroom and kitchen, can benefit from the installation of vinyl flooring. If you are having the floors professionally installed, ask the contractor if it is possible to run the flooring up the walls a few inches. Many types of vinyl flooring are available in flexible sheets and instead of cutting the sheet to meet the wall, allowing the flooring to curve up the wall slightly can prevent a seam where water can leak through.
When water damage occurs from broken pipes or flooded sinks and bathtubs, much of the damage occurs when water makes its way through the floor. Minimizing seams can delay water from getting under the flooring long enough for it to be vacuumed or mopped up. If the room is on the upper level, having the water contained as much as possible may prevent water from leaking through to the lower floors.
Install A Wall Base
Wall bases are not only useful to hide the seam between your floor and wall. Buying the right kind of wall base can help protect porous wall materials. Vinyl or rubber wall bases, adhered with a moisture-resistant sealant, can minimize the amount of water that can make contact with your walls if you have several inches of water on your floor. A major problem with water damage is keeping the water from being absorbed by the walls and contributing to mold growth or rotting wood. Many wall bases are four inches tall and can give you some protection against leaks or minor flooding.
Choose Mold-Resistant Walls
During your renovation, you may need to replace walls and insulation. Stick with mold-resistant products when possible. If you will replace the supporting structures inside your wall, concrete can also be used for walls. When you want to replace wooden supports, some types are treated to resist both decay and mold. You should also make sure any replacement insulation is encased to prevent future water damage from affecting your insulation and to inhibit mold growth.
No matter which materials you choose for your walls, your first defense is the paint you choose. Paint with a glossy finish is more water-resistant than matte paints. Some indoor paints are specifically treated to be mold and mildew resistant. These paints are ideal for your bathroom and kitchen, where moisture can be a problem.
In the days after water damage, restoring your property to its original condition is your top priority. After water damage restoration, consider ways you can minimize water damage and subsequent mold growth with a few simple renovations.