Your walls could be wet for some reasons. It can just be a washing machine disaster, a leak on your pipeline, or a flood after a storm. Your once drywall could turn into a splashed surface. It does not need much effort getting wet but drying and restoring it is not easy.

A wet wall is maybe not a big deal, but it can affect surrounding areas. It can be a breeding ground for molds and bacteria. It can also release airborne spores that could cause bad air quality. So getting it dry must be done quickly.

  • Estimate the extent of damage - You can easily spot wet areas on the wall surface. However, you cannot tell if it is wet below the surface. You can gauge the extent of damage using a moisture meter. Any reading above 1% indicates that the material underneath is compromised. It can be considered as emergency water cleanup that should be done as soon as possible.
  • Determine the wall finishing - If you can easily spot the soaking areas on your sheet rock, you can assume that the wall is painted with one or two coat of flat or semi-gloss paint. This type of finish would not seal the moisture underneath, and drying could be easier. However, if it is covered with vinyl wallpaper, high-gloss enamel, or layers of wallboard, it may take longer to dry as moisture would be trap underneath and may need professional attention.


  • Move everything out - It can help speed up drying time. Check carpets and padding for any water damage, if it is damp, then you may need to pull it up and cleaned. Also, check for any potential mold growth.
  • Use appropriate equipment - You probably need to rent large dehumidifiers and high volume fans that can generate temperature around 115 degrees Fahrenheit with no more than 14% relative humidity.


  • Seal, fire up, and monitor - During the water restoration process, make the room as airtight as possible. Seal all doorways and windows with plastic sheeting. Fire up the dehumidifier and monitor progress with your moisture meter. It can take up to three days to dry a wet wall.
  • Repaint - When your sheet rock walls are completely dry, paint over treated area with a thin coat of alcohol or oil-based primer then finished it with a fresh coat of paint.



Tips in drying wet walls

  1. Make sure you have uncovered and repaired the cause of the water damage before cleaning up. If you are not sure, then call an expert before things get worse.
  2. If there are molds already and anyone in your home has significant health issues, let the drying process to a specialist.
  3. Walls that have been soaked for days lose its structural integrity and may need replacement.
  4. If the cause is from overhead flooding, be mindful that it can also bring the ceiling to collapse.
  5. Water damage caused by sewage backup requires an understanding on biohazard cleanup so do not risk in doing it yourself.
  6. Call a professional water cleanup company in facing extensive damage. They can assess your structural integrity, do the drying process, material tear-out, and complete restoration.

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Buying new furniture can be easy, quick, and economical. You can find furniture in a mall, make a purchase, and take it home all in the same day and put the old one to the landfill. However, some people considered furniture reupholstery, as they have things with sentimental value that are hard to replace. But is re-upholstery the best way? Here are some things to consider before making a decision.


Why buy new furniture?

  • If you are trying to save money or you do not like your existing furniture anymore, buying a new one is the best way to replace your thing with something you will enjoy
  • Buying new item gives you an option for quicker delivery than considering the time that you will spend on reupholstering process.
  • If you want to add more seats in your room, you can buy new and bigger sofa.


Why choose reupholstery?

  • Consider the age of your furniture that you want to undergo reupholstery. If you have an antique or older furniture, some of it is hard to replace or find the materials which fit it.
  • Consider the quality of your furniture. In some cases, old furniture has a better quality of construction and equipment than what you could get in new furniture. A simple way to determine the quality is to know if the structure is well-constructed and the only thing that is worn-out is the fabric. Another thing is the weight. The heavier your furniture is, the more solid built the frame will be, making it last for many years already. A piece of new furniture might cost less than reupholstery but not sure that it will last as long as your older one, unlike your old quality furniture.
  • If you have furniture that fits in your room entirely, it may be worth reupholstering your old piece regardless of the cost. It is hard to find furniture that will fit perfectly in your room.
  • The cost to reupholster is more expensive than buying new furniture, but it is cheaper than the highest class of furniture. Reupholstery may include the fabric and labor costs.
  • People send over 150,000 tons of furniture wastes to the landfill every year. Reupholstering and reusing furniture has a huge impact on the environment. It reduces the effects of global warming as it helps save our trees, plants, and forests. It also reduces the chance of losing the planet’s endangered animal species.
  • Reupholstery is one of the traditional craft, so when you are investing in this kind of service, you will be supporting the local craftsmen/women too. Consider also the quality of artisanship and their finish product. This will make you feel proud using your furniture at home.
  • Reupholster items with higher quality fabric, and this will assure you that it will last several more years.


Buying new furniture may be a better way if the furniture you are looking to replace costs lower. In this case, it is wiser to replace it with new, high-quality furniture.

Before you check online or in a store to find for new furniture and having your furniture reupholstered, hire a professional upholstery cleaner to know if your furniture just need cleaning or it’s beyond saving.

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There could be issues of clogged gutter from your landscape that leads to emergency flooding in your basement. However, when water enters the basement from different locations at the same time, hydrostatic pressure might be the likely cause.

What is hydrostatic pressure?

Hydrostatic pressure just means water pressure. The water pressure increases as the water weight increases. To huge bodies of water, the pressure increases as the depth of water increases due to the pull of gravity. The water in the soil surrounding the foundation of your basement can also experience this pressure. Water that is present through your soil increases when it rains and in turn escalates the force exerted against your foundation walls. The strength also increases as the frequency and intensity of rain arise.

Your home might also be sitting in a water table where much hydrostatic pressure can also be observed. If your house is located near a large body of water, the water table on the ground will be likely to be very high.

Why should you be concerned about hydrostatic pressure?

Water pressure can go as high as 60 pounds per cubic meter, so if you have a water saturated soil around your foundation, there could be thousands of pounds of hydrostatic pressure around your house. With this amount of pressure on your walls, even the smallest gap or crack can result in a water leak in your basement. It is a major emergency as water can cause a lot of damage to the integrity of your foundation, and it can flood everything you store on the cellar. This can also create molds and microbial growth. Furthermore, this could be a major health risk and can affect your indoor air quality.

What to do in case of a hydrostatic pressure leak?

Hydrostatic dilemmas are harder to mend compared to surface water problems, as you may not have any idea of your house sitting in a water table.

  1. Call an emergency flood control company as it can assess the water table around your home. Emergency flood service would also immediately dry and clean your basement and restore everything that is still fixable. They can also do mold removal and disinfection on the area.
  2. Patch all existing cracks and holes.
  3. You will need to install pumps so the water will redirect to dry wells so it will be pumped outside your house. If you have an existing sump pump, it may need replacement or repair.
  4. You can also install waterproofing system with sump pumps with concealed interior drains.
  5. Drain tiles can also be installed inside or outside your foundation. This will vary depending on the environment where your home is located.
  6. Flood service in Albuquerque also includes cleaning of exterior drains clogged with silt or plant roots.


Hydrostatic pressure problem can be complicated and fix it yourself could just end up adding more complications. You cannot prevent nature, but you can relieve hydrostatic pressure instead of fighting it.

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Keeping your floor clean gives a good impression and makes you feel comfortable. Floors get a lot of scratches from some debris and shoes that are tracked in. You can notice the condition of your floor immediately, and dirt and scratches on your floor surface can create potential hazards.

You can apply wax in all kinds of floors except epoxy-tiled floors, ceramic tiled floors, and Corey tiled floors. It serves as a floor sealer and finishes which are also a great help to keep the floor’s radiant gloss. Another purpose of floor waxing is to prevent tile damages and even to prevent your tile from being detached from the ground. Failure to apply wax in your floor will lead to some adverse effects.


What are the different kinds of floor wax?


  • Water based. It is best to use on vinyl floors, rubber-tiled floors, and asphalt floors. It provides a bright, shiny, high-gloss finish, and have low odor. It is easier to use, and it has a fast drying time.
  • Solvent based. It requires buffing for an adequate shine. High-grade solvent based offers extra resistance to scratches and protects the floor surface from scuffs and grit. It is also slip-resistant when you apply it regularly.
  • Polymer-based. It does not require buffing because polymer-based is a self-polishing floor product. It turns yellow over time, and you need to strip and reapply once in a while.


What will happen if you do not use wax on your floor?


  • Dirty floors are not good to look at. Scratches and stains do not give professional and inviting appearance.
  • Exposing your floor to stress over time will require a protective seal on your to prevent it from wearing down. Without this, permanent damage can occur.


What are the benefits of using floor wax?


  • Waxing can diminish some imperfections and the look of grooves on your floor. It will just boost the floor’s beauty, make them look appealing, and allow it to shine which gives a professional appearance.
  • With an extra coat of wax, your floor will last longer and can protect it from daily scratches. In fact, if you regularly wax your floor, it can add an abrasion buffer to your wood, so it will be okay to slide large furniture without worrying about damaging your wood floor.
  • A layer of wax on the floor seals it. This can prevent your wood floor from absorbing liquid spills. Moisture can also ruin the wood’s durability and integrity. Wax is a prime contribution to a wood floor’s hard characteristic.
  • Wood floors will become stain resistant once you wax it. The use of floor wax reduces the risk of dust mites and microscopic allergens in your area.


How will you apply floor wax?


  • First, you need to clean the floor with a broom. Wipe the floor with a dry mop, and finish with a wet mop. When your floor is dry, you can move now to the next step.
  • Use a soft damp cloth when you apply the wax on the floor. Work into the ground’s surface until you completely covered it. Allow it to dry for a while. Use a buffing polisher or just a clean towel to complete the process. If you want to achieve a better result, you may apply another coat depending on the product you are using.


And sometimes, you just need to hire a professional floor cleaner in order to make sure that your floor is in good hands.



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