Flooding in a home or business can be the result of a number of different factors. But, all types of floods can lead to water damage issues like the growth of toxic mold. So, it’s important for home and business owners to be aware of the types of flooding that can occur. This way, flooding can be prevented and, if not, people know what to do to address flooding when it does occur.
Water damage caused by flooding can vary depending on the type of flood. But, if we’re more knowledgeable about different types of flooding and their impacts, we can be better prepared to address flooding if it ever does happen, which is a common worry for people living in South Florida.
When the Rain Brings the Floods – Flash Floods
Flash floods are the result of above-average levels of precipitation in short periods of time. The result is the flooding of rivers, lakes, canals, and streams that can all rise quickly very fast. This is especially true in lower-lying areas like in South Florida. So, homes and businesses that are near bodies of water are at higher risks of being affected by flash floods during storms.
After a flash flood, homes and businesses can experience flooding up to several feet. This can lead to immense damage including drywall damage, furniture damage, flooring damage, and more. The most important thing to do after a flash flood is to ensure that your home is removed of any damaged items or materials. And, that it’s being dried out to prevent the growth of mold and mildew, which can result in further structural damage in the future.
Sewage Backup and Flooding
A sewage backup into a home or business can be caused by a number of reasons. These include a broken pipe system, septic tank issues, or flooding in the pipes from rain. Whatever the reason for sewage flooding, the type of liquid that is involved with this type of flooding is even more dangerous than regular water. That’s because it can hold bacteria and toxic waste that can damage the health of anyone nearby.
If this type of flooding occurs in your home or business, it’s best to remove anything that you want to save (and clean thoroughly). Otherwise, anything affected will have to be thrown away. Furthermore, you need to remove yourself and others from the area until professionals are able to remove the affected area of sewage liquid and fix the issue that’s causing the flooding.
Flooding From Rising Sea Level
As a resident of South Florida, you may know about tidal floods. These occur when the sea level rises as the result of natural storms including hurricanes. These floods typically affect houses and businesses that are closer to the ocean. But, with major hurricanes, this type of flooding can even affect structures that are miles away from storms. If you’re aware of a hurricane that could possibly affect your home or business with coastal flooding, the best thing to do is evacuate before the storm hits. But, don’t forget to turn off the power first. Then, once the storm has passed, go back to your home or business to assess flooding damage.
After coastal flooding, it’s important to dry any affected areas and move standing water to ensure safety. Then, disinfect the area and treat the walls, flooring, and other affected areas in case of bacteria build-up and to prevent mold and mildew growth.
After Flooding, Ask the Experts at A Plus Mold Remediation
Here at A Plus Mold Remediation, we’re experts in helping to solve water damage issues, including all types of flooding. As South Florida experts, we’re experienced in flooding repair and preventative measures to ensure that mold doesn’t grow. Or, if flooding and water damage do lead to mold growth, we can offer remediation services that allow your business or home to get back to being safe.
Learn more about our water damage services and mold remediation right from our website. And, contact us today for a free consultation about a quote.