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What To Do About "Minor" Water Damage

Your home may not be at risk for overland flood damage, but water damage in spring can still occur

Even if your home has been spared from acute flooding, what seems like "minor" water damage from leaks and spring melting can turn into major problems over time and need to be addressed right away.

Overland flooding from the Red River is being closely monitored, as are low-lying areas in the Pembina Valley. Currently the risk for flooding in the Red River Valley is high.

But if you don't live in or near any of the areas at risk, with the amount of snowfall received homes and businesses are still at risk for leaks and dampness that isn't always obvious. This could cause odours, wood rot and mold growth in the days and weeks to follow the thaw.

You need to quickly stop any damage from getting worse. There are a few things you can easily do while you wait for help to arrive:

  • Stop minor leaks from the roof or windows by covering them with a tarp or plastic sheeting

  • If walls are wet, drill holes along the bottom to allow water to drain and to promote air flow inside the structure

  • Loosen the baseboards so the wall behind them can dry

  • If damp surfaces have visible mold growth do not blow air on it or use bleach o try to remove it. This will spread mold spores throughout your home. While waiting for the restoration team to arrive you can tape plastic sheeting over the area to help keep the mold from being disturbed.

Remember, it takes time for mold to grow and wood to rot so stay aware during the spring thaw and even after the snow has melted. Look for signs of musty smells, swelling or warping of wood or drywall or flaking paint. They're all signs of damage and/or mold.

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