Flood damage recovery in the immediate aftermath of a flood is critical to minimizing long term and serious health and safety risks. Flood waters are often devastating, both structurally and emotionally. Water from a flood can be carrying dangerous contaminants that can harm you and your family. The longer the water is sitting, the more dangerous those contaminants become. Before the flood, there may have been no threat at all to your health or your family, but once the water recedes, the danger increases exponentially.
The first step to flood restoration is to contain the contaminated area. By cutting off the oxygen supply to the area, the longer the water will sit, the more likely its harmful effects will be released into the air. Once your home has been flooded, there are several options for containing the contaminated area. Floodwaters tend to recede and wash away sediment and excess floodwater, but the contaminated soil may not completely dry out until several days pass since floodwaters run faster than anything else.
Structural Damage Flooding can destroy the underlying structural support for your home. If your home relies on concrete footings for stability, the loss of those footings can lead to collapse. It is important to know that not all flooding cases need to rely on structural damage restoration. You may be able to salvage most of your belongings through water removal and dry cleaning if you know the correct methods for removing water-damaged material. Structural damage restoration involves removing any lumber, drywall, carpeting, dry insulation, or insulation underneath your home, as well as any framing or flooring materials attached to your home. The goal is to remove as much water as possible and to decrease structural damage to your home.
Dehumidification and Mold Remediation The process of dehumidification removes accumulated water from your home, which can compromise the structural integrity of your building. In some cases, excessive moisture may cause mold growth in your home. It is also important to note that mold remediation involves a different procedure from standard flood restoration. Because mold attacks often occur in areas already susceptible to moisture (such as the bathroom), it is generally recommended that you do not attempt to treat a flooded basement by yourself without the assistance of a professional.
Professional Landscapers There are many ways that you can help your property back to its normal condition after flooding. You may have to hire a contractor to remove the floodwater, or you can simply do the work yourself. Before hiring a contractor to remove your floodwater, you need to make sure that he or she is licensed and that he or she uses the proper methods and equipment to safely restore your property back to normal. Hiring a professional landscaper who is well-trained in floodwater remediation can help to ensure that your property remains clean, dry, and above all, safe.
Homeowners Insurance policies Many homeowners purchase insurance policies specifically tailored to protect them against flooding. Floods are indeed quite common, so it is wise to purchase homeowner’s insurance to protect your assets in case of an emergency. Purchasing flood insurance will replace your damaged belongings and will pay for your repair costs and replacement. Although you should take care to insure your home, in the event of a flood, your homeowner’s insurance policy will likely cover much of your flood damage, including your home contents and personal belongings. In addition, your insurance will provide you with additional funds to replace your personal items and to repair your home.
Professional Restoration With comprehensive restoration, you will notice immediate differences. Walls and roofs will be restored to their former appearance. Floors will be refinished and walls washed. Your appliances, sinks, faucets, bathtubs, showers, cabinets, and sinks will all be working again. Even the hardwood flooring in your home will look good after it has been soaked by floodwaters.
Mold Removal It is very important to have mold removal and mold remediation done immediately after a flood if you are concerned about health risks. Mold can cause serious respiratory problems and even allergies in susceptible individuals. Most mold removal services are required by law. Unfortunately, mold remediation is often not needed until much later when the damage from the floodwater has spread. Water that has seeped into a home’s interior has a lot of time to grow. You will need mold removal services to prevent the spread of mold.