When it comes to handling Disaster Preparedness in Washington State there are many things to be prepared for, but one of those things is floods. When flooding happens it can have a large impact on both community resources and personal property. It’s one of our missions at Washington Guard to safe guard the person and property of the State of Washington. Today we will focus on the property, and how to restore and recover from a disaster should one happen.
Recovering from a flood, minor or major, can be very, very difficult. Often times the damage done cannot be easily recovered from, and may require significant renovations. Some of the damage done can include the follow:
When a home floods the first thing to get damaged is, obviously, the floor. Water that saturates the floor fanels can cause it to warp, which even after it dries can cause significant problems and may need to be fully replaced. The best effort should obviously be taken to stop water from getting to an area where flooring is isntalled (i.e. places other than the basement), but if damage is done, it may be permanent.
Similarly drywall can be significantly damaged and require removal and repair. Drywall is not made to withstand any real moisture or flooding, so the damage can be very quick. When needing to renovate and remove drywall, it’s not an easy task, and may require a dumpster rental in order to collect and dispose of all the rubbish.
Mold and Bacterial Damage
When left unattended and untreated a flooded home can quickly lead to problems with mold and other harsh bacteria. One of the most dangerous of these is the black mold, which can cause respiratory problems for residents if left untreated.
In addition to the medical problems there is also problems with the odor generated by moldy materials. It can be quite a problem to get the stench out of a home once it becomes entrenched, hence it’s important to nip it in the bud as early as possible.
The most common type of flooding is basement flooding. Many people deal with regular flooding of the basement and do not consider it a big deal or a significant occurrence. In these cases a simple submersible pump is usually sufficient to get the excess water pumps out of the home and into the nearest sewer system.
When flooding becomes extreme a simple, small sump pump is not sufficient and professional water removal and flood damage experts may be necessary. Excess water left in the basement for a prolonged period can have a dramatic impact on any wood or non-brick/metal portions of the home.
We hope this little bit of information can help you to recover from some damage done to your home from an unfortunate weather event like a flood or a storm. For other repairs, such as damaged roofs, consider contacting a local roofer or handyman. If you aren’t familiar with fixing these areas, don’t try it at home (consult a professional). If you are in need of any emergency help please reach out to your local authorities and only worry about home damage after your family is safe and secure.