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The Damages That Can Result From Flooding

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Photo shows unsalvageable contents in the driveway of a home due to water damage in the home and garage. Unsalvageable contents due to water damage in this home

While homeowners have to keep track of many things, planning for flooding is often overlooked. However, with the rate of flooding on the rise and its economic impact continuing to climb, understanding the impact flooding can have is one of the most responsible things you can do.

Though there are several types of floods and even more variances in the damages they can cause, we have established a guide to give at least a general overview so that homeowners know what to be on guard for.

Ways Flooding Can Impact a Home

Foundational Damage. Because soil can swell and shift when it becomes soaked from a flood, it can also cause a home’s foundation to become moved and uneven. This can lead to uneven floors or cracks in the foundation that must be repaired.

Drywall Damage and Mold. While drywall will often show clear indicators that it must be replaced (i.e. crumbling and cracks), this is not always the case. Sometimes drywall will be soaked and have no visible damage, but due to the dangers of mold growth, it will typically still need to be replaced.

Insulation Saturation. While some buildings are built with closed-cell insulators that are impervious to water damage, the majority of residential homes do not have this feature. Typical housing insulation can absorb a lot of moisture, rendering it dysfunctional.

Temporary Frame Swelling. The solid lumber that typically makes up a residential building frame is surprisingly resistant to flooding. While some swelling may occur initially, it will generally subside and the structure will maintain its structural soundness.

Appliance Ruining. The types of appliances that utilize heating or cooling contain insulation to do so, which can absorb moisture within the walls of the appliance. However, this is not a feature in every appliance, meaning some might be salvageable with an expert’s approval.

Furniture Damage. The water upholstery can absorb can lead to mold and health concerns, meaning couches and mattresses will often require replacement. The good news is that wooden furniture, metal furniture and objects made from glass will often remain usable after a thorough cleaning.

If your home has been affected by flood damage, we’ll be here to help you! Give us a call 247 to learn about our certified flood restoration process.

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