Water damage is hazardous to your health and dangerous for your home or business, therefore time is of the essence when it occurs. If treated quickly, you can minimize the damage, reduce restoration costs and prevent the growth of mold, and other contaminants. Uncontrolled amounts of water in any form may cause warping, swelling, cracking and deterioration.
The silver lining in water damage is that one does not have to idly sit by and wait for the aftermath. The property owner can take a proactive stance and do what is necessary to prepare for the impending deluge. Taking this kind of attitude can not only protect the structural integrity of the home but it can also mean a lot when it comes to the safety of the family.
If the weather has been bad for several days, it is necessary to pay attention to the signs that flooding can occur. Even if it stops, it is still important to be alert to the possibility of flood. Even a small bit of rainfall can cause havoc when the water levels are already high due to previous rains. The best way for the average homeowner to be aware of the surroundings is to listen to the news for flood information. It is not always reliable to check the outside for signs of flooding because there are some situations when the water can rush in very quickly.
For the property owner, preparation for water damage in the prospect of a storm also means getting acquainted to the terms that are used to warn people of the dangers. Two of the most important include flood watch and flood warning. A flood watch means that there is a possibility of flooding in the location. On the other hand, a flood waning means that the flooding is already beginning or is about to begin within the vicinity.
When there is a danger of water damage because of a storm, prepare for it by raising the electrical appliances such as the furnace, heater, and stoves. These, and other similar items, deserve special attention because they can be quite dangerous when they are wet. Not only does it cost a lot to replace them, it can lead to electrocution when they are exposed to moisture.
Property owners are advised to pay close attention to low places in the property such as basements because these are the most prone to water damage. The reason for this is that gravity works on water as well, drawing them downwards. Lessen the risk of damage by ensuring that the items are secure and the drainages are clear. Usually, basements are the places where chemicals such as paints and oils are kept. Place these in high locations or tighten the lids because the water can tip them over and lead to poisoning or adverse reactions to those that it comes in contact with.
Finally, do not forget to turn off the electricity, water and gas systems in the property before leaving. They can be among the things that can be damaged by the water and pose a risk to the occupants as well as the people working in it later on. After the storm, do not immediately turn on these amenities on as the potential of leaks and even explosions can still exist. For example, a professional is needed in order to turn the gas back on safely.
Storm and water damage can happen at any time. Most often these two things happen together. Whether it be a damaged roof, hurricane, or other type of storm, these can cause water damage inside your home. Water damage can also occur due to damaged or faulty plumbing, leaky roofs and faulty fixtures inside your home. M&M Construction Specialist is here to help you dry out and restore your home to better than original quality.