Few things can cause as much damage to a house as floodwater. Water can cause extensive destruction to floors, drywall, furniture, carpets, electrical fixtures, the ceiling, and much more. Floodwater may also contain many contaminants, which may pose a health risk to everyone in the home. Even with just an inch of floodwater, expensive items can get damaged all at once. A more severe house flood may cause damage to even more costly systems, such as air conditioners, heaters, well systems, private sewage, utilities, ducts, and even the foundation of the building.
When it comes to flood damage restoration, time is the key factor. The faster the restoration or drying, the less expensive the process will be. It is necessary to start the drying process as quickly as possible to minimize the damage. When the water has been standing for more than a few hours, the amount of material that will need to be replaced will be extensive. Items such as the insulation under the floor, above the ceiling, and within the walls, and boards on the ceiling and walls may get damaged beyond repair.
While it may take a few days for problems to start cropping up, once they do, the true cost of the house flood starts to take shape. Decaying wood will crumble; crack, or split, weakened structural stability, mold growing on the carpet, bad odors may linger for weeks, and more. While homeowners may take steps to halt some of the destruction, professionals will be needed to restore the building back to its previous condition.
The restoration process is a complex undertaking that requires experience, training, and skills. It is not enough to remove wet furniture and fabric. Professionals use a wide range of tools and equipment that allows them to remove water from even the most inaccessible places and detect dangerous levels of moisture. They know where mold is likely to grow and they can confirm whether there are any other microbial agents in the floor or walls.
Homeowners who suffer flood damage should contact a restoration company as soon as possible to minimize the damage to their homes and save money.