Flooding Damage Common to Residential Structures | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County
While flood preparedness has always been important, in recent years it has taken on a new sense of urgency. The number of annual floods continues to rise, even affecting areas that are not typically prone to flood damage.
Flooding has a variety of causes which can lead to damage in different ways. However, after treating many homes that have been damaged in many types of floods, we have been able to isolate some common types of damages that occur in order to help homeowners be prepared.
Foundational Damage. When the soil becomes waterlogged during a flood, it can cause the ground to swell unpredictably and shift structures alongside it. This means that homes’ foundations can become damaged during a flood, leading to cracking and uneven structural elements after everything settles.
Drywall Damage and Mold. Drywall that has become damaged in a flood should always be replaced due to concerns about contaminated water and the health effects of mold. Drywall is adept at hiding mold growth behind its panels, making replacement the only choice for safety.
Insulation Saturation. A house’s insulation is typically protected behind the drywall, but once that is damaged, the insulation is often next. Most types of insulation are highly absorbent, leading to decreased effectiveness at temperature regulation as well as dangers of mold.
Temporary Frame Swelling. A solid lumber house frame is surprisingly resilient to flood damage. Wood will typically swell and shift when it is fully saturated with water, but once it is dried and professionally cleaned, it will usually maintain its structural integrity.
Appliance Ruining. When it comes to appliances, every model is constructed differently, meaning a professional opinion is highly encouraged. Some appliances have panels of insulation within their walls, rendering them unusable after water exposure, while others will be fine if they are dried out thoroughly.
Furniture Damage. Damage to furniture can vary based on the materials it is made of. Upholstered pieces are often unsalvageable due to the health concerns of contaminated floodwaters, but metal, wood and glass pieces can often be used once more after they are professionally cleaned.
If your home has been affected by a flood, we’ll be here to help you! Give us a call 24⁄7 to learn about our certified flood restoration process.