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Residential Flooding: 3 Types of Secondary Damage

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

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When flooding affects your Fort Myers, FL, home, your first priority will likely be to call in a professional flood damage and cleanup service to drain away the water and to help you salvage your possessions. However, the after-effects of a flood can continue to harm your home, even after the waters have receded. From black mold to damaged insulation, there are several ways flooding can cost you plenty once the water has disappeared.

1. Humidity Problems

Once flood waters are drained from your home, dampness may remain. Over time, this can cause humidity levels in your home to rise, which might force wood floors and furniture to swell and warp. Porous materials, such as drywall, can weaken. Running fans and air conditioning in affected rooms can help you prevent high humidity levels.

2. Mold Growth

Damp conditions can make any affected areas of your home the perfect place for mold growth. Black mold, which can be difficult to eliminate once it starts to take hold on a home, is especially common after flooding. Ask your cleanup crew to check for mold and treat areas that may have been affected, especially dark spaces like basements and under cabinets.

3. Rotting Insulation

Black mold is not the only problem that may go unnoticed after a flood. Insulation can suffer as well, especially if it is installed behind an affected wall. Drywall can absorb water during a flood, causing damage to the interior wall. Once insulation becomes wet or starts to rot, it cannot be cleaned and must be replaced instead. You may want to ask your restoration experts to perform a flood cut and inspect your interior walls and any insulation that it contains.

Secondary damage from flooding can cause serious problems for you and your Fort Myers, FL, home. However, being aware of these potential problems can better prepare you to face them if a sudden water emergency should happen.

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