Not all water damage disasters are the same. Some cause more damage than others, some pose more threats than others, and some are even more dangerous for others. Serenity Restoration has years of experience dealing with water damage from any and every source, so we know what each type of water disaster takes to restore correctly. In this article, we are going to focus on flood water. If you have experienced water damage from a flood in your home in Atlanta, here are 4 other problems you will also be faced with in addition to all the water:
Floodwater should always be treated like it is contaminated (more often than not, it is). Water from outside sources (rivers, streams, septic lines) poses very harmful dangers to your health. Biohazards and grossly contaminated water can cause serious health symptoms on contact or if ingested. Water flooded into your home may have come into contact with household chemicals; which also adds to the contamination level of floodwater.
Within 24-48 hours following any type of water damage, mold growth begins. As long as moisture is present, mold growth will continue to spread. Because mold reproduces through microscopic pores, it can spread through the air to other areas of the home, not just the area that was flooded. Mold in the air causes a lot of respiratory symptoms, such as: coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy throat, headaches, and dizziness. Lingering water damage and inadequate drying will greatly contribute to mold growth, and without a quick response and proper water damage cleanup equipment, you leave your home at major risk for mold growth.
As soon as flooding is discovered, all power to the affected area should be turned off. Water and electricity do not mix. Water damage can cause blown circuits, damaged electrical appliances, and even fires and electrocution. Any wiring, outlets, or appliances that have been exposed to floodwaters need to be treated as hazardous and should not be turned back on.
Flood damage that has not been quickly or properly cleaned up will weaken your home’s structural stability. Walls, floors, ceilings, and even the very foundation of your home are all affected by water damage. These structural components are made out of materials that are porous, so when water damage occurs they absorb the excess moisture – causing swelling, warping, and deterioration over time. The biggest risk with structural damage is that most of it goes unseen until the problem is so severe that it cannot be ignored. You cannot see hidden moisture behind walls, under floorboards, in the foundation or the ceiling until they have become so saturated that they begin to swell, warp, bend, crack, and deteriorate.
Serenity Restoration knows the dangers and risks associated with water damage restoration from flooding. Not only does Serenity have the proper equipment to thoroughly and completely dry the area, but we also provide 24-hour water damage response in Atlanta and surrounding areas. We will be able to ensure adequate, thorough moisture removal from all structures in the area, and will be able to rebuild and replace any damaged materials to ensure the structure of your home is not compromised. For all your water damage restoration needs, whether from flooding or any other source, call Serenity Restoration.