How Water Damages Can Affect Your Home
Fire is probably the only event that is worse than the flooding of a home. When homes flood, the owner can be inside, watching everything fill with water and become sopping wet. Even pipes are replaceable, but some items are not. Luckily, the actual structure of the home is can be repaired with ease.
The biggest problem people face after a flood is what to do. They might not be sure if their belongings are covered by insurance, where to start with the cleaning, and sometimes the initial shock will put you into a minor depression.
To avoid each of these issues, mentally preparing for a flood is a must. We have compiled a list of tips to help you and your home to survive the aftermath of a flood safely. Keep reading for more information!
What Are The Causes of Home Floods?
When you hear the term flood, you probably think ‘natural disaster.’ Recently, Hurricane Harvey hit the coast of Texas and floodwaters destroyed many homes. Storm surges from hurricanes and tsunamis, heavy rains, and quickly melting snow can all be natural causes of floods.
However, the type of flooding that everyone is at risk for is the type that comes from inside of your home. We are talking about plumbing problems.
Plumbing problems like leaking pipes and hot water heaters, clogged drains and sewer lines, faulty washing machine hoses, and even burst pipes can all be blamed for major household flooding. Luckily, each of these problems is preventable by regular plumbing maintenance. However, if any of these issues do happen, the best thing to do is call Service Squad immediately to help ensure no more water damage is done.
Addressing Problems Sooner Than Later
Once you’ve gotten over the initial shock of your home flooding, have the electricity inspected. This will ensure that you and your family are safe. After this, begin to remove the water with a pump or by drying things out with towels.
When the water has been removed, you should survey the damage that has been done, including furniture, floors, and drywall. This survey should also include toilets, bathtubs, and cabinets.
Inspecting each of these items will allow you to be prepared for removal and replacement of each one, as well as helping to avoid mold.
Scrubbing The Air
While your home is being cleaned and repaired, it’s important for you to be safe as well. Living in a home with dust particles, fumes, and possible mold is dangerous–but the risk can be lessened by using an air scrubber. These scrubbers remove all particles in the air by using a HEPA filter.
This process makes the air clean and safe to breathe by actually cleaning–not freshening–it. It is worth mentioning that after your home has been repaired and the air scrubber is no longer in use, you should still be on the lookout for mold.
While it is uncommon to experience mold after repairing a home through an honest contractor, it can happen. If you happen to notice that your home smells musty or it is difficult to breathe inside, consider calling a mold specialist to check things out.
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