Flooding in Your Home? Here are the Dangers and What You Should Do

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Flooding in Your Home? Here are the Dangers and What You Should Do

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Regardless of its severity, any type of flooding can pose a variety of problems when it comes to your property. The source of the floodwater is also irrelevant, as the water can come from either natural or man-made origins and it would still lead to more or less the same results—water damage to your home and potentially, much more.

In this article, we’ll talk about the different effects that floodwater damage can have on a property. We’ll also discuss what you can do about it in case it happens to you. Let’s begin.

Important note on the threat level of floodwater

First, let’s talk about the impact that floodwater can have on your property and the potential risks involved. Generally speaking, water damage is classified into three categories. The most extreme type, which comes from Category 3 water, is the most hazardous.

Category 3 water is also known as “black water” and can come from different sources. It can come from rising levels in nearby bodies of water. It can be due to excessive amounts of rainfall. Perhaps the most deadly source, however, is that of sewage systems. 

All these sources can potentially be caused and made worse by a flood, In any case, black water that comes from a flood can cause great damage to any type of property, including your home. More importantly, black water contains many disease-causing pathogens that can harm you and your loved ones.

Types of water damage that can affect your property

In this section, we’ll go over how exactly floodwater and water damage can affect your property. Take a look below.

  1. Structural damage: Floodwater can erode the very foundation of your house and cause it to shift a few inches or be moved entirely off its base. It can also warp your floor and ceilings permanently.
  1. Damage to the individual components: Important systems in your home like the plumbing, electric, ventilation, and insulation systems can be rendered useless by a flood.
  1. Damage to other property: Flood can also damage other expensive property like furniture, appliances, vehicles, heavy equipment, crops, and livestock.
  1. Contamination: Biological matter from black water can enter your property and linger for long periods, putting you and your family at risk.
  1. Mold and foreign invaders: The excess moisture brought by a flood can encourage mold to develop on your property. It can also attract other unwanted pests that may seek shelter in your home.

What to do after a flood has ravaged your property

In the unfortunate event that a flood does hit your property, the first step you should take after is to ensure everyone’s safety. When you are sure that it is safe to do so, only then should you proceed to assess and document the damage incurred.

Take multiple photos in and around your property. You will use these as a way to find a suitable service provider to perform repairs as well as claim any insurance that you might have. Finally, look for professionals who are experienced in dealing with flood damage to evaluate your home and restore it back to its former condition.

If you are looking for a flood restoration company in Salt Lake City, contact us today and we’ll be happy to provide you with our services.