Flooding Risks And Damages
Flooding is the most common reason for water damage in the United States. There are many steps in the water restoration process. One of the most, if not the most, important thing to take care of is the water extraction. Water extraction should take place within 24 hours of the time of the flooding event. After 24 hours, the risk of serious issues raises immensely.
First, and most obvious, are all the expenses of water damage. Water damage is a costly issue. Water will seep into the floors and if it’s high enough, even the walls! This water then spreads throughout different areas of the home. At that point, you need to call a water restoration company to come check out the entire house.
Another reason is mold growth. Mold growth can begin in as little as 48-72 hours, especially when dealing with porous materials. Mold spores thrive on warm, wet areas. When mold spores settle into porous materials, they are especially vulnerable to mold growth and it’s difficult to get rid of once it sets in.
Mold is also a big issue when you mix floodwaters with carpeting. If floodwaters seep into your carpet, you should have it replaced. Cleaning it isn’t sufficient unless the water is from a clean water source and hasn’t been sitting for more than 24 hours. If floodwaters are from a dirty source (rain, river, sewage) or an unknown source, you should replace it.
When flooding occurs, the first thing you want to do is call your local water restoration company. There are certain things you can do while you wait, but make sure you call. At Restoration Local, we offer free estimates. We encourage you to take full advantage of our 24/7 availability as well!