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An Overview of Flood Damage

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Council Bluffs knows water damage is always an inconvenience, but flood damages fall into their own category. With the many types of floods, and the multiple methods that water can infiltrate a home or commercial business, the severity of potential water damage caused by a flood is often surprising. This is especially true in Western Iowa.

As extreme weather trends become more commonplace in every part of the world, the impact of flooding rises as well. Due to this, it's vital that homeowners take the time to understand the varying multitude of issues that flooding can lead to, and how they should react.

Foundational Damage

When a flood saturates the soil the home’s foundation is built on, parts of it can become raised. This can lead to cracks in the foundation, as well as sealing problems with door and window frames throughout the home.

Drywall Damage and Mold

The waterlogged drywall can become weak and begin to fall apart, but that is not the only issue. Drywall can begin growing mold on its surface, infiltrating the structure of the home and requiring replacement of any ceilings or walls that were affected.

Insulation Saturation

While certain types of insulation do not absorb moisture, most types can easily become soaked through and require replacement due to the high rate of mold growth they can cause.

Temporary Frame Swelling

The good news about a house’s frame is that it is typically constructed of solid lumber, meaning any swelling will be temporary. While mold precautions should certainly be taken to prevent an outbreak, most frames will remain structurally sound after a flood.

Appliance Damage

Ovens and refrigerators contain insulation and almost always require replacement following a flood. That being said, other types may be able to be salvaged, but they must be inspected by an expert to be certified as safe before using.

Furniture Damage

Upholstered furniture can absorb a surprising amount of water, making it susceptible to water damage and mold growth. Furniture made of wood, glass pieces, and other miscellaneous materials should be cleaned thoroughly but should be OK for use.

If your home has been affected by a flood, we’ll be here to help you! SERVPRO of Council Bluffs Disaster Response Team is available 24/7 for your restoration needs. Feel free to give us a call with any potential questions, anytime, at (712) 256-6616. Also, feel free to check out the rest of our website in order to learn more about our certified flood restoration process. 

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