Problems Associated With Salt Water Flooding
Floods can happen anywhere, and at any time, but if you live in a coastal region, there can be problems associated with saltwater flooding that are unique.
While freshwater contains a percentage of salt, salt water has a much higher concentration, which results in the buoyancy you often find I the ocean. Some creatures can live in both salt and fresh water, but most fish species prefer salt.
Saltwater presents a threat to your home due to the sodium levels present. This can destroy soil structure, leading to erosion beneath the home. It also affects the quality of the soil.
Salt can also stick to the home’s core materials and cause corrosion, even within the electrical wiring, making the likelihood of electrical shock that much greater. Salt can also destroy the wood portions of a structure. Salt water also provides a breeding ground for mold just as effectively as fresh water. Mold is not picky about where it grows.
Freshwater will need to be used to cleanse an area damaged by salt water, washing away the salt and bathing the affected region. The process may have to be repeated several times, and then salt levels should be monitored to make sure the area remains within acceptable boundaries.
Professional help is recommended, especially in cases where salt water has come into contact with electricity. Electrical components, wiring, and other systems will need to be flushed out, inspected for repairs and replacements, and then approved by a qualified electrician prior to any further use.
If mold becomes a problem following saltwater flooding, then be sure to follow established mold removal procedures.
As always, the best defense against saltwater flooding is a good offense, which means having the contact information for a qualified, competent, and experienced water damage restoration professional.