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Flood Damage

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Flood Damage

Kingwood floods are a regular part of life for many people in the country. For some, all this will mean is that they'll just need to add a few sandbags around their property in key areas like the driveway and doors. For others, an unexpected flood from an over saturated nearby body of water or a surprise storm can seriously and sometimes even permanently damage their living area and even their overall health. Flooding can destroy furniture, collectibles, precious heirlooms, and even completely ruin homes. They're very common in the United States and regularly cost the country millions of dollars each year in restoration according to reports by FEMA.

Overall, the most common problem that occurs after a Kingwood flood is mold. Mold can create a very dangerous environment for the home's occupiers, the neighbors, and even cleanup crews. In addition to that, mold spreads extremely quickly in wet environments, as the spores are known to become airborne and can spread over large areas of ground and post an inhalation threat to anyone nearby. It can also be toxic and sometimes even deadly, which is why mold should be a very large concern for anyone after experiencing a flood.

Aside from mold, floods can seriously damage walls and floors. Drywall and wood get very pliable when wet, which makes them prone to buckling and collapsing when they're supposed to be holding up the house. Water also tends to make things expand as well, which can cause floors to warp considerably, and there is also risk to wooden furniture and doors.

There are also concerns when it comes to personal possessions. Rugs, carpeting, photo albums, books, and many other similar materials can be damaged irreparably in the event of a Kingwood flood. Many of these things, particularly large items like beds and sofas, sometimes may not be saved at all, which can lead to high replacement costs.

In addition to that, floods can wreak havoc on electrical devices in the home. Devices, cords, or outlets that come into contact with flood waters may short out and become completely unworkable or sometimes even dangerous.

Another big danger with floods is standing water. Toxic chemicals used in the house may mix with the water and could seriously impact the occupants' health through both skin and respiratory contact. Even after the direct issue of the flood has been dealt with, the areas it soaked can quickly turn into a large breeding ground for invasive insects and disease as well.

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

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