Flood History And Solutions
All types of floods have been documented in California, the most common of which seems to be overflowing rivers, the result of too much rainfall, or snowmelt, or broken levees, etc. The largest flood in California’s history was in 1862 when the entire Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys were inundated by water for 300 by 20 miles at an average of four feet in depth.
On New Year’s Day 1997, flood waters killed nine people and did almost $2 billion in damage.
As with most states, though, only a small percentage of the population is insured against flood damage or loss. This is a mistake because while you aren’t likely to be a flood victim (statistically) if by some chance you are, it is guaranteed that the damage will be considerable at best, requiring extensive work to repair and restore. You should add flood insurance to your policy now. Hopefully, you won’t need it, but if you do, you’ll be glad you made the decision.
In the event of a flood or any sort of water damage, the restoration process should begin immediately. Waiting only amplifies the problem in a number of areas.
The water will need to be extracted from the property, and all surfaces and carpets will need to be thoroughly dried before any sort of repair can begin. Failure to do so can result in the onset of mold, which propagates quickly and can bring with it all manner of health problems, from the mild to the severe. Since water has a knack for getting everywhere, you may end up having to remove baseboards and conduct drying inside walls, crawlspaces, and basements.
Once the flood waters have gone, it is important to begin cleanup operations as soon as possible. You should contact your local water damage repair company. These certified professionals offer prompt, courteous service for all your water damage repair needs. They can also work with your insurance provider or claims adjuster to determine coverage, costs, and timely payment.