Water damage

Water damage

Water damage can occur for a variety of reasons. It might be our fault, or it could be the neighbour’s fault, or it could be an unprofessional installation. It is also the case that the passage of time leaves a mark on the plumbing system, on the roof, or has affected the foundations. The most common reason I encounter is the damage caused by neighbours. Owners notice that water is dripping from the ceiling or, in more severe cases, pouring down. This is one of the more quickly remedied situations, because if the owners is at home or we know their contact details we can report the problem. If the water damage has already occurred, the insurer will assess the damage and offer compensation. I user the word ‘compensation’ because, in most cases, based on my own experience, we have to ask the insurer to reclaim any costs incurred from the owner or their insurers.

When the customer calls, I’ll go out at the scheduled time and assess the damage. It is very important to wait until the wall dries out, which may take a few weeks, but it can be several months, obviously depending upon the severity of the damage. Sometimes, the use of a dehumidifier can help to speed up this process. After the survey, I’ll send you a quote that includes the materials and the labour fee.

Once the right pre-conditions have been met (ie. the walls and ceilings have dried out, the affected rooms are ventilated or heated etc) and the costs have been accepted we can get to work.

Minor water damage can be solved in as little as a day. Winter or bad weather doesn’t rule out the ability to undertake repairs, but can hinder them. It is extremely important that we wait for our repairs to dry out after each step. However, larger and more step-by-step ones require several days. The first step is to cover it up. Then, if it has not caused more damage If a larger surface needs to be repaired, then a larger part needs to be covered, because scraping and grinding will result in dust. After scraping comes the deep foundation, which binds the dust and strengthens the surface to be repaired. Once that is dry, we begin to build up the thickness with plaster plaster or gypsum material. It is also advisable to use a plastic mesh several times. Then followed by sanding and painting twice. It is often the case that the customer only wants to repair and paint the surface to be repaired, but in most cases, if the walls have not been painted for years, the white or coloured repairs will be visible. At the end of the work, the waste generated and the masking materials will be removed and a basic cleaning, such as vacuuming and mopping, will be provided for the customer.

In case you want to repair the damage yourself, I will be very happy to help you with what materials you need to buy to undertake the work. Of course, you will need to buy not only materials, but also hand tools, which increases costs. But if you’re looking for a professional, look no further, you’re in the right place.

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