Cabins are deeply ingrained in Wisconsin culture. Thousands are spread across the state, in every county, on almost every lake, river and stream. Many have been in families for generations with the memories of time spent Up North flow through family trees. From simple shacks to rural palaces, families love spending time together– enjoying the great outdoors. But before you can have guests over, you need to open and air the space. And some years, you will return to find water damage.
Even a small leak can also lead to substantial damage when it happens in a rarely visited second home. When you arrive at your cabin, don’t be surprised if you’re greeted by a musty odor in your home away from home. However, if the home has been flooded or experienced a leak you could be greeted by water damage and mold.
Second homes are problematic, water damage is progressive. Since you don’t live there everyday, little leaks can add up. The longer that small water leak is allowed to drip, the more damage to your home or, worse, pose a dangerous threat to the health of your entire family.
Your worst day is when you discover that the lake or river flooded your home while you were away. Whether the floodwaters were only one-inch high or several feet, you must take steps today to protect your home from further damage.
According to FEMA, it takes several days for a home to completely dry out. Mold spores are always in the air, and they will have colonized any wet areas. When you realize that rain or lake water has gotten into space, call for professional help to keep safe from the spores.
Since you close and seal every entrance when you leave, any moisture trapped inside can begin to cause damage in your residential cabin. Controlling moisture and condensation inside the house will improve the energy efficiency of the house, resulting in lesser heat and cooling expenses. Tweak the thermostat settings to get a little circulation without using a lot of energy while you are away.
You can also use moisture canceling capsules that draw the moisture out of the air. Desiccants are chemicals that readily absorb moisture from the surrounding atmosphere or dry it out. Find the ‘tubs’ at the supermarket or home improvement store.
Often, cabins and lake shacks have simple construction. Directing the water away from the cabin foundation minimizes the possibilities of dealing with moisture and condensation problems. You might need French drains and other techniques to improve drainage. A&J Property Restoration will have lots of ideas to protect your home.
But if it is more than a little humidity, you might have serious water damage. Call A&J Property Restoration, a full-service restoration company for both residential and commercial properties. Our restoration experts are trained to handle restoration projects in town and out in the country.
If you have water damage because of leaks or poor construction, A&J Property Restoration DKI is the full-service water damage restoration company for you. Call them for water restoration, mold remediation, sewage cleanup, and trauma cleanup. You can count on the professionals in your home. AJ&J water damage restoration experts even have extensive experience working in critical and controlled environments like hospitals, schools, and government buildings.