How to Recover After Your House Floods

Whether it was caused by a plumbing accident or a natural disaster, water damage on any scale is devastating to your house. This article will discuss how to deal with water damage to your home and present options in flooring selections to repair or replace your flooring following the unthinkable. When dealing with flooding in your home, it’s important to identify the extent of damage and material that were in contact with moisture. However, it is essential that you turn off your main circuit breakers so there is no risk of being electrocuted.

Flooring materials are often most damaged because they are the lowest point where moisture collects allowing moisture to pool. Carpeting is especially of concern with standing water because it is porous and absorbent. When dealing with flooded carpeting the response time for cleanup can often dictate much of the costs associated with repairs and replacement. Although carpet manufacturers include warranties for their products, these are generally not honored in the event of significant water damage such as flooding.

Assuming that the water damaged has been caused by clean water, it is essential that any moisture be removed within 48 hours. This can be accomplished by using a water extraction vacuum. Combining these efforts with heaters, fans, and dehumidifier can accelerate the drying process. By drying the carpets sooner rather than later, you lower the chance of mold developing that could potentially be poisonous if left untouched. In addition, applying an anti-microbial treatment will help further protect against mildew.

However, in the case of flooding by black water (water that includes raw sewage), any carpet flooring materials must be removed from the premises and disposed of immediately due to infection risk. Hiring a professional service to deal with this degree of cleaning is necessary because of the health risks associated with the process. With any black water incident the utmost care should be taken, especially with residential properties as the risk of infection and bacteria is significantly higher than clean water.

If hardwood floors are also affected, they too must be dried and disinfected to prevent molding. The faster the wood is dried and dehumidified, the less likely molding and warping can influence the structural integrity of the floor. If portions of the wood do warp, they can be sanded and nailed down further to ensure the floor is smooth and even. The hardwoods should then be resealed to provide a barrier against further moisture.

Brian Grayson writes about flooring, home improvement, and more.

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About smallmanconstruction

Tim Smallman, the general contractor behind Smallman Construction and Electric, has been in the construction industry for over 20 years. In 2003, Tim decided to leave the corporate world behind and get back to what he loved most about construction: helping his friends, neighbors, and anyone in need achieve their home and business improvement dreams. By founding his company on a principal of customer service, open book bidding, and integrity, Tim has been blessed with a great deal of success. This success has enabled him to expand operations and create an electrical division in 2006. Tim has made San Carlos his family's home for many years. They spend a considerable amount of time supporting their community and striving to make it a great place to live and work. Tim is active in the San Carlos community, coaching youth sports, participating in the Kiwanis Show and the Chickens Ball since 1989, with the proceeds going to the San Carlos Schools and other charitable organizations.

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