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Should You Paint Over Water Damage?

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    water damaged wallWater damage is a frustrating problem that can occur in any Chicagoland home or business, and even small leaks or stains can be an annoyance. While it may be tempting to simply cover up a water stain with paint, this will only treat the symptom of the problem, not the source. To properly address water damage, it’s important to determine the root cause of the stain and make the necessary repairs to prevent it from reoccurring.

    One of the biggest dangers of ignoring water damage is that it can lead to more serious problems down the line. If left untreated, water damage can cause structural damage to your home or business and lead to mold growth, which can be hazardous to your health. This is why it’s important to address water damage as soon as it’s detected, rather than waiting until the problem has become more serious.

    How to Paint Over Water Stains

    When it comes to painting over water damage, it’s important to first remove any damaged materials, such as crumbling drywall, baseboad, quarter rounds, or moldy carpeting. Once the root cause of the damage has been repaired, you should allow the affected area to dry completely before attempting to paint over it. Painting over a damp area can cause the paint to bubble, crack, or peel, and in some cases, it may not stick at all.

    To properly paint over a water stain, it’s recommended to use a high-quality stain blocker or oil-based paint. This will create a waterproof barrier that the water stain can’t penetrate. Once the first coat is dry, a second coat of primer can be applied, followed by a topcoat of paint. For darker colors, it may be possible to paint only the stained area and feather it into the surrounding area, but for lighter colors, it’s recommended to paint the entire wall for an even finish.

    When Paint is Not Enough

    If the water damage is severe, it may be necessary to seek professional help from ServiceMaster By Simons. This is especially true if the damage is serious enough to warrant an insurance claim. Often, attempting to handle the restoration process on your own can be dangerous and may not be covered by insurance. Restoration work can be hazardous for those who haven’t been trained to work with dirty water, mold, and water-damaged structures. Attempting to handle DIY restoration on your own can lead to more serious problems down the line.

    To prevent water damage from occurring in the first place, it’s important to take proactive steps to protect your home or business. This includes regular maintenance, such as checking for leaks, repairing any damaged areas as soon as they’re detected, and ensuring that all doors and windows are properly sealed to prevent water from entering. In addition, you need to be aware of the signs of water damage, such as stains or discoloration on walls or ceilings, and to address any issues as soon as they are detected.

    While water damage can be a frustrating problem, it’s important to take the necessary steps to address it properly. Simply painting over a water stain will not treat the root cause and can lead to more serious problems down the line. By determining the main reason for the damage and making the necessary repairs, you can prevent the problem from reoccurring and ensure that your Chicago area home or business remains safe and secure.

    If you’re experiencing serious water damage issues, please give ServiceMaster By Simons a call. We have the expertise and equipment to make the majority of water damage issues disappear completely!


    • Nasutsa Mabwa

      Nasutsa Mabwa is President of ServiceMaster by Simons, a MBE/WBE City of Chicago and State of Illinois certified firm. She is a 2020 Daily Herald Business Ledger C-Suite awardee, a member of Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40 and a 2018 ServiceMaster(c) Achiever Award recipient. She is a Civic Federation Board Member, an Advisory Board Member for as President Elect on the Executive Committee for the Evanston Chamber of Commerce. She is IICRC certified for WRT & FSRT.

      About ServiceMaster Restoration By Simons
      Restoration By Simons is an MBE/WBE certified firm and family-run company serving both Cook and Lake County, Illinois. Recently, the company was awarded a variety of honors, including the SB100 Best of Small Business Award Winner 2021, Bronze Stevie® Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category in the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business, recipient of the 2020 Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, and the recipient of the 2020 Skokie Business of the Year Award, Honorable Mention Category. Restoration By Simons provides disaster restoration services including water and flood damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration, mold remediation, to residential and commercial customers in both Cook and Lake County IL.

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