There aren’t many things that can be so disastrous to your home than flooding. No matter if it’s caused by a natural disaster (heavy rain during monsoon season) or some problems with your plumbing, flooding isn’t something you ever want to deal with. It can cause you a lot of hassle and can also cause devastating and costly damages. Today we will discuss the water damage effects, both short-term and long-term.
Water Damage Effects on Your Belongings
Damaging your belonging is the most obvious consequence flooding can cause in your home. You might thing that a minor flooding can’t cause serious damage, but you’re wrong. Even the smallest flooding can significantly damage your furniture, appliances and other belongings. But before you start throwing things out, it’s best to contact a water damage restoration team and see if there are some things that you can save and salvage.
Unhealthy Living Conditions
Floodwater, no matter the source, is unhealthy and can lead to series of health problems. In case of flooding, you should be worried about wastewater getting into your home and also about the hazardous chemicals that might be in that water. Not all water damage effects to your health are severe. But if the problem is not remedied as soon as possible, minor health problems can turn into big health problems.
Unpleasant Odors as One of Possible Water Damage Effects
The flooding can clear out relatively fast. But that foul odor that comes with it, can linger for a long time. The stench can sometimes be to strong and not even scented candles or room sprays can mask it. This is why water damage restoration teams should thoroughly clean your house and eliminate any remaining source of the foul odor.
Damage to Your Electrical Installations
Water and electricity are never a good combination. Water damage effects on your electrical installation can be catastrophic. Not only it can damage them, but it can render them unsafe and you and your family can be electrocuted if there are cords in the water OR water gets inside the electrical sockets.
When your home is flooded, water damage restoration experts will first remove the excess water, dry out the excess moisture, inspect whether the home is safe to move back in. Once the flood damage is cleared, it’s also a good idea to hire an electrician to inspect all installation and assess their safety.
Water Damage Effects on Mold
In one of our previous posts, we covered the common misconceptions about mold and we summarized that in order to thrive, mold needs a moist environment.
Sometimes, you won’t be able to see it, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any mold spores multiplying and taking over your recently flooded home.
After flooding, it’s not enough to simply remove the water and dry things out. Most homeowners are completely unaware of the potential mold problem and where to look for it. Luckily, technicians at ASAP Restoration will do a thorough check and sanitization of your home, to make sure that is free from mold spores.
In case of flooding, there are several things you need to be prepared for. The best scenario is that you don’t have to deal with any of them. But in case you have to, it’s best to have an experience water damage restoration team to do all the work and make sure that all the water damage effects are eliminated and that your home is safe.