A powerful force of nature can create costly damage to homes and property in the blink of an eye. Even with enough preparation, some flood damage may still be unavoidable. Once the damage has been done, the only thing anyone can do is rebuild and elevate your house to protect it from flood.
Rebuilding after a flood is not always an easy task, as the flood may contain certain types of water that can affect a home in different ways. Floods made of white water contain only clean water that enters the home and cause everything to become wet. After the water is removed from the home, the home can easily be cleaned. Cleaning must be done within 72 hours, otherwise mold will begin to grow, which can cause health problems. Hiring a professional company is the best way to go, as they can make sure that everything is thoroughly cleaned and that no mold will grow in the future.
When a flood gathers dirt and foreign materials, it is not longer a white water flood. These floods, called gray water floods, are much more problematic, and homeowners have to deal not only with wetness, but contamination from microorganisms as well. A professional company will also be able to handle this kind of job.
Gray water floods are bad, but there is a flood that is even worse. In many cases, flood water will mix with water from sewage systems and with contaminants from toilets. These floods, called black water floods, are dangerous and precaution should be taken when dealing with them. Anything that has touched black flood water will more than likely need to be thrown out. Soft items and foods especially should be thrown away after a black flood. Once again, a professional company can take care of black water.
Black water can sometimes come in contact with drywall, and when this happens, the drywall will need to be removed. Cut at least 12 inches above the maximum water level. Wall studs and cupboards will need to be cleaned and disinfected too. Once cleaned, they can be dried and used normally.
When wood comes in contact with flood water, there his a high chance that rebuilding will have to be done. When flood water comes in contact with wood like the ones found in furniture, door frames, and floors, the wood is destroyed. First, water must be removed before any rebuilding can occur. Once you have a dry area to work with, assess the damage. The baseboards may need replacing if the water has had a lot of time to come in contact with them. The same will need to be done with carpets and tile floors, as mold will easy begin to grow on these.
Although the flood can be devastating, it is possible to rebuild, and a professional company can held you with the task. Rebuilding is like a healing process, and once it’s done, your home will be healthy again.