Restoration USA Tips: Understanding The Risks Associated With Flooding

by / Friday, 16 June 2017 / Published in Water Damage

Florida tends to experience the same weather year-round. This tropical climate seems to attract many people from abroad to move down. With minimal fluctuation, Florida inherits the idea and assumption of beauty. Though not all know, Florida experiences a very wet season around summertime; which can cause problems the average person didn’t even think of.

 

Since Florida’s elevation is low compared to most other states around the US,  there is always the risk of floods. During the rainy season, this risk skyrockets. Recently, South Florida was hit with a wave of storms that resulted in the flooding of public roads and neighborhoods. Forcing people to get to higher ground or paddle their way around, these floods instantly show that they are no joke. This year, records in many areas for rainfall have been broken. Record breaking is not always a happy process, as we have seen lately. This amount of rain can only be drained at rates that are regularly maintainable, but it seems the sewers are no match for this year’s wave.

Flooding From Last Week's Rain

Flooding From Last Week’s Rain

 

Living in flood zones

Flood zones are marked out on maps as places that are more at risk than others. This includes areas with lower elevation, like coastal cities FEMA has established zones V and A that describe hazardous areas. Properties located right near the beach are at risk for rising tides and flooding intracostals due to severe rain – zone V. Other zones include areas that are near lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water – zone A. Looking at South Florida in particular, there are tons of areas that qualify. If you live in a flood zone, you probably have already experienced some of the problems that come with these rains. Flooding tends to come right from the gutters onto to streets and even up your driveway. More at-risk areas even have water rising to their doorstep.

 

Living in less hazardous areas

Flooding is not distinct to lower level areas. Even areas that are further up from the “Base Flood Elevation” (FEMA) are still at risk. Since floods do still occur above these levels, it looks like properties are not all safe from Florida’s recent downpour. Even homes that are less likely to endure floods are taking on more than just minor puddles.

 

Complications of flooding

Flooding inhibits a long line of problems. When water inches up to a home or other property, it is likely to hinder everyday activity. Whether it be minor walkway obstacles or severe damage issues, no fight with a flood is fun. In the event that water comes into the home, the structural integrity can be imperiled. Starting with that, parts of the building, especially older material, are likely to be damaged. When water comes in contact with walls and floors of a home, warping and bloating seems to follow close behind. With even small amounts of water or humidity, there is a threshold for mold. Mold needs little water to thrive in an area and can come within 48 hours of water contact. This can cause numerous health issues if the problem is not taken care of in a timely fashion.

 

What if water does get into my property?

Property damage is a devastating feat that may come into the picture with the existence of unwelcome water. Even when damage is not visible, it could be present. The best way to be sure on how to deal with flood water intrusion is to evaluate the property. Everyone should do routine checks just to be safe, even if your home seems to not be at risk. To assess possible damages, checking the floors and walls for dampness is a good start. If the walls are damp, there is likely water coming into your home. Another great indicator of this is a moist, earthy odor. Smells like this are a great indicator of water invasion.

 

If your property is potentially damaged by water, experts can surely evaluate the premises. Restoration USA is an experienced team that specializes in detecting damage by floods. At-risk homes and businesses are recommended get assessments and Restoration USA has top-notch equipment to make sure you know what the next step is toward repairing your water damage situation.