Not all flood damage results in homes being completely submerged or swept away. A flood can destroy you home in various other ways as well, of which you might not have thought about. Here are four possible threats to your home that might want to deal with beforehand to reduce the amount of flood cleanup and restoration remodeling you may face.
1. Damage from Fuel Tanks and Lines
Those heavy fuel tanks sitting outside your house may go flying in a flood. Even if they don't ram into your home and rupture, disconnected fuel lines can spread dangerous fuel into or around the property. Anchor all fuel tanks securely, and consider removing them entirely or shutting off all fuel lines if a flood is on the way.
2. Sewer Line Leakage
Every home that makes of a city's commercial sewer system has sewer lines running directly to and from it. When a major flood hits, it can cause sewage to back up through the drain pipe and into your home. This problem is not only disgusting, but it also promotes disease and can cause extensive damage to your home's interiors.
One smart solution to this problem lies in the installation of a backflow valve that can control the passage of sewage along the drain pipe. A conversation with your plumber today about this type of modification could save you additional flood restoration headaches later on.
3. Electrical Fires
A flood can leave you with a deadly present in the form of electrical system damage. This not only poses an electrocution hazard, but it can also lead to a house fire that burns whatever remains of your property to the ground. If your home is flooding or has been flooded:
- Deactivate the breakers from the breaker box, if you can get to it safely.
- Avoid touching any cables on the floor, even innocent-looking TV cables—they may contain a dangerous charge.
- Make sure you home is completely dry before you turn the power back on.
- Make an electrical inspection part of your flood restoration and flood cleanup checklist.
4. Mold Infiltration
Mold loves standing water. This repulsive substance feeds on water and other organic materials (such as your home's wooden beams). Mold produces spores that enter the air and cause all kinds of health problems, from allergic reactions to deadly lung diseases. Mold infiltration commonly follows flooding, rendering even mostly-intact homes unlivable without the aid of professional flood damage restoration services.
The best thing you can do to reduce this threat is to invest in some sort of waterproof membrane to protect your exterior walls and prevent water from seeping in through breaches. You can cover this membrane with a layer of brick, increasing your home overall water resistance while beautifying it at the same time. This of it as a form of preemptive restoration modeling!
With the right combination of smart advance planning and careful post-flood restoration, you can help you beloved home weather the storm.