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How to Dry Out Walls After Water Damage?

It is important to understand how to dry out a wall after it has been damaged. It is a difficult task, but it is necessary. Unattended water damage can result in costly and severe structural damage as well as unhealthy mould and mildew growth. Unfortunately, water damage is all too common. Leaky pipes or damaged tiles in the bathroom are common in older homes. Extreme temperatures may cause pipes to rupture and flood the interior, even in modern homes.

Steps for Drying Out a Wall

One option for drying out a wall is natural airflow. It is unquestionably the least expensive, providing no complications arise. This procedure, however, takes time, because mould is a fast-growing organism that can spread as you wait for the walls to dry. If you decide to dry the walls naturally, use the following steps:

  1. Turn off the water supply right away.
  2. Take down any wall hangings or artwork. If the walls are papered, you will almost certainly need to remove the paper and repaper them after the walls have dried.
  3. Examine the insulation in any walls or ceilings. Begin by removing and drying the insulation from the ceiling all the way down to the floor. If the insulation has become moist, you may need to dispose of it.
  4. Molding and baseboards should be removed. Remove any mouldings at the top of the wall as well as any baseboards on the floor to properly dry off a wall. Otherwise, the walls will be inadequately ventilated, and moisture may become trapped under the baseboard and moulding.
  5. Make sure you have enough ventilation. Open windows and doors and use fans to dry the damp area until the walls are completely dry. Just be cautious while plugging in electrical items near bodies of water. In the summer,  also use the air conditioner.

Dealing With Water Damage

If your walls are severely damaged, you should seek the advice of a specialist. Large, high-powered fans used by professional water removal professionals may swiftly dry the wall to avoid additional damage. If your water damage was caused by damaged or broken pipes, you may also require the services of a plumber. Plumbers may work in septic systems and other challenging jobs that require the services of a licensed specialist. If the water damage is substantial, check with your local officials to see if any permits or building rules are required.

Reasons to Call in a Professional

If you are concerned about any of the following, contact a professional:


  • Mold - Mold spreads fast and can be tough to eradicate. Mold and mildew are potentially damaging to your health and can lead to poor indoor air quality and sick building syndrome.
  • Damage to the structure - You should also seek expert help if you suspect that the water damage has caused structural damage in your house.
  • Odors - Consult a professional immediately if your house develops a weird odour following the damage. These odours can be more than just unpleasant. They may also be harmful to your health.
Harry Virk

Harry Virk is the director of CleaningPro Auckland. He has years of experience in the cleaning industry and his company is expert at providing exceptional cleaning services in Auckland. He has a passion for helping people and making sure that their homes are clean, tidy, and ready for visitors.

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