We have spent a lot of time talking about the dangers of leaking roofs from the winter weather we have had this year. Something that goes hand-in-hand with a leaking roof is the need to dry out your home. Water, when left untouched, can cause serious problems inside your home including damaged plaster, wood or even structures collapsing. In addition, it could cause illnesses throughout your family. Understanding the necessary steps to dry the water out is essential to your home and your health.
Stop the Leak
Before you begin drying any areas out that were affected by the roof leak, it is important to make sure that the leak has stopped. Whether you perform your own repairs or you call in a professional, without halting the leak, there is no sense in cleaning up the mess that has started because the water will continually flow in and cause more damage.
Dry the Water
Once you know that the leak has stopped, it is time to dry the water. This can be done in a variety of ways, depending on the level of the moisture. If it is not a large amount of water, you can use a fan to start drying the area. If the moisture is extreme, you might need a dehumidifier to take the moisture out of the area as well. The main factor is getting as much air circulating in the room to remove the moisture. If you are dealing with wet wood or drywall and they are not too soft to the touch, you can gently blot a towel on the area, taking care to not push your hand right through the drywall.
Mold is a common culprit when you experience leaks. If you begin to notice a musty smell in your home, chances are the culprit is the area with the water leak. If you are unsure about whether or not you have mold, a professional inspection is warranted to determine what you are dealing with. Mold is not something that you want to let fester as it can continually get worse, causing the structures of your home to become weak and cause illnesses in your family.
The bottom line is that drying out plaster, wood and any other structures of your home takes time. It is not going to happen overnight, but with diligent effort, you can prevent any serious issues from occurring.