So you’ve decided to flip a house. Not just any house though. You’re feeling ambitious, so you chose one with water damage. Flipping a water-damaged house can be a difficult project, since there’s often a lot of work to be done. There are some projects you’ll especially want to make sure you check off your list when flipping a water-damaged house.
Dehumidify the House
When fixing a water-damaged house, you need to make sure you dry it out really well. Failing to do so can mean that excess water remains in the house and continues to cause damage. It doesn’t take long either. Mold can start to grow from water damage in as little as 24 hours. That means that if you don’t get the house dried out and get rid of the humidity, you may end up with further damage to the house even after you’ve put in the work to fix it. Make sure you know where the water damage is and where it’s coming from. This will help you understand what fixes you need to do and where to concentrate your efforts.
Rip Out the Carpet
If carpeted floors are the site of flooding, your best bet is to rip out the carpet and just get rid of it. If the carpet hasn’t been wet for more than 24 hours and mold hasn’t taken hold yet, you may be able to salvage it. If it has been over 24 hours or you’re concerned about mold growth though, you’ll need to replace it. It might be worth considering a different type of flooring that stands up to water a little better. Hardwood floor offers long-lasting protection at fairly reasonable prices. If you do choose a hardwood floor, just keep in mind that while it holds up better than carpet to spills, it’s still not waterproof. Like carpet, if exposed to excessive water or flooding, it’s also susceptible to mold growth and damage.
Repair the Walls
Another major concern with water damage is the structural integrity of the house. If the walls are exposed to water, they can start to bulge and buckle. You may need to repair the drywall and replace any damaged wood in order to get the wall in good condition again. Like the house in general, if you notice excess water in the walls, it’s imperative that you get it properly dried out to prevent further damage.
If you’ve decided to flip a house that’s suffering from water damage you’re in for quite the project. There will be a lot to do to make sure the house is in good condition and ready to be sold again. Some of those projects, like dehumidifying the house, ripping out carpet, and repairing the walls, are important to protecting the home from further damage. Make sure you don’t overlook these and other essential repairs.
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