In the unfortunate event that a homeowner experiences a house flood, it is imperative to take the necessary steps afterward. Floods are caused by a variety of events such as water leakage, broken pipes, and sometimes natural disasters. They can cause extensive damage to your home and property. Furthermore, floods create other issues within the home which can pose serious health risks down the road. That is why it is important to ensure that flood damage is cleaned up properly. Depending on the level of damage, some homeowners may choose to clean up the aftermath on their own. However, the safest bet is to call on the experience of restoration professionals. These experts can provide you security in knowing that all contaminants have been removed safely and properly. Below are the risks and consequences associated with untreated water in the home.
- Weakened Home Structure and Foundation: After a flood, the wood structures supporting your house become soft and therefore weak. Wet drywall converts from hard and sturdy material to brittle and warped. It is undeniable that having a strong and contained structure within a home is important. An unacceptable home structure can lead to a variety of issues down the road.
- Bugs and other critters will have easier access to a home with a compromised foundation.
- The foundation is an important part of your home because it provides insulation properties—whether that be to keep in heat or cold air. Properly functioning insulation can save a homeowner a tremendous amount of money. Wetness, even existing for a few days will reduce the insulation quality and can even produce mold.
- The primary function of a foundation is to hold your house up. A home without a foundation would sink into the ground and endure cracks and extensive damage.
- Corroded Pipes: The pipes located within your home are designed to only come into contact with tap water. When they are exposed to the other elements that flood water contains, it breaks down the pipes.
- Damaged Concrete and Brick: Just as all the wooden materials within a home are at risk for water damage, brick and concrete can also erode.
- Damaged Electrical System: A major concern following a flood is the home’s electrical system. Wiring and electrical outlets that are exposed to water become very dangerous. If this is the case, it is imperative to have it inspected professionally.
- Mold: Within hours of water damage, mold can begin to form. Although it may not be visible for a couple of weeks, mold can be incredibly dangerous.
- Musty Odors: After certain surfaces are exposed to water, they begin to develop a musty smell just after a short time. There are particular materials, such as carpets that act as a breeding ground for bacteria and bugs.
- Permanent Staining on Walls and Floors: Another issue revolving around water damage is the stains that it can leave behind. Because these stains are not cosmetically pleasing to your home, they can reduce its value.
What To Do if You Have Water Damage:
If your home has suffered from structural damage, it is best to evacuate the area. It would also be influential to turn off your AC and electricity through the breaker as an additional safety measure. If you can and the flooding is not substantial, try to soak up some of the water with towels or a mop. During this part of the process, it is imperative to wear protective gear such as gloves to avoid coming in contact with hazardous chemicals and sewage.
If you have experienced any of the water damage issues described above, it would be in your best interest to contact a professional for clean-up. In the unfortunate event that your home does endure water damage from a flood, contact One-Restore. We handle everything from water extraction, dehumidification, and dry out, to reconstruction and mold treatment. We provide our customers with free estimates.