Issues You May Not Be Aware Of That Come With Flooding

More than just extra water enters your home during a flood. In addition to the water, if your Sandusky home has been damaged by flooding, you may also have to deal with the following issues: sandusky ohio flooding

1. Contamination/Pollutants

Floodwater should always be handled as though it were contaminated, since this is usually the case. The health risks associated with water from external sources, such as rivers, streams, and sewage lines, are extremely high. Whether inhaled or upon contact, biohazards in highly contaminated water can result in severe health consequences. Floodwater also comes into contact with common household chemicals, which raises the level of contamination. It is important to keep you and your family safe from the contamination and pollutants in floodwater, so ensure to avoid the area and call for professional restoration services to help with the flooding.

2. Mold Growth

Speaking of contamination, mold can start to grow 24 hours after any kind of water damage but especially flourishes when flooding occurs. Mold will continue to grow as long as there is excess water and moisture present in the area. Mold spores can spread through the air to other parts of the home besides the area that sustained the flooding, threatening the air quality throughout your entire home. Many respiratory symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, watery eyes, itchy throat, coughing, and sneezing are brought on by mold in the air. Without the quick response of water damage restoration professionals, flooding can create a serious mold problem in your home. 

3. Electrical Issues

All power should be shut off to the affected area as soon as the flooding is noticed. Electricity and water are not a good combination, and can result in life-threatening shock and electrocution. If the water level from the flooding has reached the height of electrical outlets in your home, the entire electrical system may be compromised. Appliances and electronics or any other wiring that has come in contact with floodwaters should be regarded as dangerous and should not be turned back on until professionals have addressed the flooding and everything has been adequately dried out. 

4. Structural Problems

If water damage from flooding is not promptly and appropriately cleaned up, it can compromise the structural integrity of your home. Flooding affects not only the walls and flooring, but also the ceiling and even the foundation because the materials that are used to build these structural components are porous and can absorb water. When water damage from flooding occurs, the water begins to be absorbed by materials like wood and drywall, which over time causes swelling, warping, and deterioration. The largest danger associated with structural breakdown is that the majority of it remains hidden behind walls or under flooring until the issue becomes so serious that it results in structural insecurity (like caving ceilings or soggy floors). Without the use of professional equipment to detect moisture behind walls and under floors and thoroughly dry it all out, the structural materials of your home can become so saturated after flooding that they start to break apart. 

We understand that flooding is an overwhelming problem to face in your home, that brings with it a myriad of other issues that will need addressed. This is why we offer 24/7 emergency response services for flooding – so we can begin addressing these issues before they get any worse. Call RestorePro right away if you have flooding in your Sandusky home.