How Risky Is This Flood Season?
Flooding occurs in every U.S. state and territory, and is a threat experienced anywhere in the world that receives rain. In the U.S. floods kill more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning. And Hurricane Ida just ripped through New Orleans and drenched the East Coast. All indications suggest that Charleston faces an increasing risk from flash floods.
Coastal areas and river basins are at higher risk. Over the last decades, many levees failed along the Mississippi River, resulting in devastating floods. Dam failures can also send a sudden destructive surge of water downstream.
Densely populated areas are at an even higher risk for flash floods. The construction of buildings, highways, driveways, and parking lots increases runoff by reducing the amount of rain absorbed by the ground. During heavy rain, the storm drains can become overwhelmed or plugged by debris and flood the roads and buildings nearby. Floodwaters can also carry fast-moving debris that pose significant risks to life.
Water Damage Restoration North Charleston
After a flood in Charleston, many areas of your home will need attention. The Clean Masters water damage restoration team will inspect and fix everything, including:
Structural and Electrical Damage
Floods can cause structural damage, such as loose or buckling floors and roof or foundation cracks, says Ready.gov. You may also notice broken or frayed electrical wires in your home after a flood. Avoid touching outlets, switches and the electrical box, and have an electrician inspect the wiring. The appliances in your home, including the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, water heaters or refrigerators, can be compromised by flood water.
Damage To Septic Systems
Septic tank filters can become clogged with debris after a flood and affect its ability to accept water, says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Plan to have it inspected and tested as soon as possible after a flood. Flood water can also carry sediment that may get into wells and contaminate drinking water.
Mold And Mildew
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) notes that mold can begin to grow on any damp surface within 24 to 48 hours. Flood water can affect materials: drywall, flooring, insulation, clothing, furniture. Prevent the growth and spread of mold by drying out your home as soon as possible. Open the windows and, if an electrician has determined that it’s safe to use the electricity, use fans and dehumidifiers to help dry out the house, recommends the CDC.
Think Safety When You First Reenter Your Home
Before you re-enter your house to survey the damage, visually inspect the property for structural damage. Check for downed power lines or gas leaks, recommends Ready.gov. Try to return to your home during the daytime so that you do not have to use any lights. Use battery-powered flashlights and lanterns, rather than candles, gas lanterns, or flashlights.
The CDC offers more safety tips for homeowners that have suffered flooding. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open all windows, and leave your house immediately. Notify the gas company or the police or fire departments or State Fire Marshal’s office, and do not turn on the lights or do anything that could cause a spark.
When the home has been flooded and has been closed up for several days, assume your home has mold and that it also may be contaminated with sewage. See Floodwater After a Disaster or Emergency.
Water Damage Restoration Experts In North Charleston
If you have suffered from flooding or any other water damage, our water damage restoration specialists can help. We will have you back to a pre-loss condition in just a few short days, not weeks or months from construction.
- We use infrared thermal imaging to locate all hidden sources of moisture.
- We will perform a thorough extraction to remove all standing water.
- We will set up equipment as needed to dry the structure and contents.
- We will monitor the drying process daily and answer any questions you have.
- We will work with your insurance company to help you through the process.