Here at Ault Restoration, we strive to help builders and renovators whenever they need us to repair water damage. In our experience, however, we’ve discovered a few key tips that professional remodelers and renovators should keep in mind while working in order to prevent water damage from occurring in the first place.
Next time you’re working on a home renovation project, keep these things in mind to mitigate the risks of water damage:
- Carefully inspect the property. Before you even begin renovating a home, conduct a thorough inspection to check if there’s any existing water damage or evidence of leaks anywhere in the house. If you find signs of water damage, you should make sure these issues are fully resolved before moving forward with the project.
- Seal any areas where water may get inside. If you notice any small areas around the windows, doors, or other openings that could allow water to leak inside, use a proper waterproof sealant to further protect the interior.
- Protect exposed areas from inclement weather. If your renovation involves tearing down an exterior wall of the home, make sure you have plastic sheets or tarps to keep the indoors protected from the elements. Forgetting this step can have major consequences if an unexpected storm rolls through.
- Keep humidity in check. Depending on the weather, time of year, and how much of the home is exposed to the outdoors, humidity levels can skyrocket during renovations. To prevent mold and mildew growth in extremely humid conditions, consider using a dehumidifier in the spaces you’re working in.