If your kitchen has suffered only minimal water intrusion, a small strip of plywood may be used to protect the floor above the fireplace and kitchen. This would be done around the flue pipe and chimney. A well-seasoned wood like pine would be ideal. The plywood should overlap slightly so water would not be able to seep underneath.
When a leaking pipe or burst water heater sends a wave of water crashing through your home, it is likely in its wake an equally devastating wave of questions. Among them are, “How did that happen?” And “What kind of damage could it possibly have?” Following an estimate for a damaged patio, porch, or foundation, would like owners ask, “Where’s my estimate?”
Cause and Types of Water Damage on a Sink
Water damage on a kitchen sink can come in any form – a burst pipe, leaky faucets, a burst water heater, or even a broken foundation. In each of these cases, the situation will depend upon the location of the source of water. In a kitchen situation, the situation will usually be more complicated due to the location of the water (usually a kitchen sink and/or outdoor patio drain, if connected).
- A leaky pipe may appear to originate near the floor of the room or house but should really start about a foot below the surface of the ground. For example, if the project location is on the back yard, where the ground is moist, the water will likely have a wet appearance. With an estimate for a leaking basement, a homeowner may wonder where he/she might find the leak. There are a few answers to this question; one answer would be under the slab on the back yard. Another would be to dig down about two feet in the crawl space next to the house/space.
- A leaky pipe in the house/space may also be the result of a porch that has rusted. This example is just one that homeowners might not think about when estimating water damage from a kitchen sink. In this case, a homeowner should first make sure that the sink drain pipe is closed off from the porch and crawl space to avoid rainwater from siphoning into the sink. If this problem is not corrected then it will be necessary to replace the worn out pipe with an iron pipe which has a nipple on one end and a steel screw on the other.
How to Fix Water Damage From the Kitchen Sink
- After your kitchen floor has been flooded, you may be able to use your basement as another living area, but how would you like it when the walls and/or floors start to give problems? You have two options for water damage cleanup. You can either call a professional to come and fix it, or do it yourself. Which one would you like to do in water damage sink? It will depend on many factors such as whether the project is small, medium, or large; and if you want to do it yourself, what the estimated cost kitchen water damage restoration of would be.
- After doing your research and planning, it is time to decide on the finishing touches. You can refinish your cabinets or apply an epoxy paint to the frame and doors. You may also want to consider adding a screened in porch. This would make your kitchen visually enlarged and add an element of style and privacy. A screened in porch is the perfect addition for homeowners who want to expand their living space and who live on a main street where neighbors must be within walking distance.
- The final step would be to waterproof your project location using a membrane, either polyester or acrylic. For a beautiful outcome, apply the membrane right over the surface of the concrete floor. Make sure to smooth out the top so that water runoff will have no way to get through to the concrete floor. For the best protection, apply several layers of protection. You can also opt to use French drains to prevent water from pooling underneath your deck and patio areas.
Hiring Professional Water Damage Services
If your project location is limited to a small area, it is often less expensive to hire a professional contractor to clean up the mess instead of doing it yourself. Hiring an individual to remove and replace damaged plumbing, drywall, flooring, and other items will cost you more than replacing your entire roof or replacing your entire home. If you decide to hire a contractor to completely replace your home’s interior, including the exterior walls, floors, ceilings, and roof, it will be quite costly.
- When you begin the project, it is important to find a professional to assist in cleaning up and restoration. A highly experienced water restoration contractor should be the first choice for your project location. They will be able to give you a realistic timeline of when your kitchen will be restored and ready to use. An estimate should be provided together with all the materials necessary to complete the project. Any contractors or suppliers who do not have a written estimate should be avoided. They may not be capable of completing the work you are looking for and may also recommend costly renovation products that are not practical for your project location.
- If your project location has been compromised by excessive moisture like steam that can damage wood cabinets, it may be necessary to repair or replace flooring, baseboards, and even the foundation. Even if your home’s exterior walls remain intact, you will still need to waterproof the interior. If your existing construction does not contain adequate insulation, it should be adapted to keep moisture away from the foundation. A moisture barrier could be installed over the exterior walls to prevent heat loss due to floor condensation. It would also be wise to install insulating material between kitchen and crawl space vents to prevent heat transfer from the kitchen into the crawl space.
However, hiring someone to install an insulated siding around your existing home will help to greatly reduce your total project location expense. Insulated siding can cut heating and cooling costs as much as thirty percent. Additionally, the insulation also helps to keep moisture out of your home by reducing the risk of mold build-up. With the right materials, your project location will benefit from a fresh coat of paint, new siding, waterproofing, and insulation.