Damages Flooding Can Cause | SERVPRO® of East Honolulu
While thinking of flooding is not pleasant, it is something that all homeowners should consider due to how common it has become in recent years.
There are many causes of flooding as well as many damages a flood can cause. To give you an idea of the most common damages to be aware of, we have put together this guide so you can be better prepared.
Foundational Damage. The ground underneath a home can become waterlogged during a flood, causing unnatural and unprecedented shifting and swelling. This can alter a home’s foundational stability, resulting in structural issues such as cracked walls or ceilings.
Drywall Damage and Mold. While some drywall is in clear need of replacing, not all drywall impacted by a flood will be crumbling and clearly damaged. However, because drywall is such a hotspot for mold after it becomes soaked, it may still have to be replaced even if it looks physically sound.
Insulation Saturation. While some specialty insulations will not be affected by water damage, the majority of the types in today’s houses can become extremely saturated with water and must be replaced after a flood.
Temporary Frame Swelling. The framing of a home is traditionally made out of lumber, meaning it will not always have to be replaced following a flood. While the wood may swell initially, it will usually settle after it dries and remains structurally stable. However, always work with a professional to ensure it is treated for mold.
Appliance Ruining. The appliances that contain insulation such as ovens and refrigerators will generally have to be replaced after a flood, as this insulation can absorb flood water. However, other appliances that are not insulated may be OK to use—just check with a professional to ensure the electrical safety first.
Furniture Damage. Because of how much water upholstered furniture can absorb, it often requires replacement following a flood because of contamination and mold. However, furniture made of other materials may be salvageable after a thorough cleaning, such as metal and wood pieces.
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.