How Floods Damage A Home

How Floods Damage A Home

Everyone knows that floods can be very destructive. Not only they can pose dangers to humans, but they can also cause an ample amount of damage to a home. But floods are very unpredictable in terms of how much damage they can cause to a home.  Some may be able to survive even after losing some of their personal belongings, but others may be needing to spend thousands of dollars for repair. This article will help you understand how floods can damage a home.

How Floods Damage Your Home

Every home is at risk of flood damage, thus it is important to be aware of how a flood can damage your home and what steps you can take after a flood occurs. Here are some examples of damage your home may experience after a flood

  • Damage To Foundation and Walls

One of the most dangerous damages a flood can do to a home is foundation damage. When floodwater seeps into the soil or clay of the home’s foundation, it can cause foundation cracks which eventually weakens the structural integrity of your home. This can also result in cracked walls, ruptured pipes, and a sagging roof. Furthermore, as water seeps and deteriorates the bottom of the foundation, it may fall off and can put your house at risk of collapse.

After the flood, make sure to check if your home is still safe and livable. If doors and windows won’t open or the frames were distorted, your foundation may be dealing with some damage. Ask professionals to inspect your home before you re-enter for safety purposes. 

  • Soft and Warp Drywall

Drywall is very porous and can act like a sponge that can bring water up above flood level, affecting the other areas of your home. When it is wet, it weakens walls and probably even ceiling. Consequently, exposure to too much moisture can lead to mold and mildew growth on your ceiling. Furthermore, it can also damage home insulation because of its fiber that naturally absorbs moisture. If the drywall is already moldy and soft, you may need to replace it. 

  • Contaminated Furniture

Another serious damage a flood can do to your home is contaminating the contents. Floodwater which belongs to category 3 water damage is grossly contaminated and contains chemical toxins, sewage, bacteria, and mud. This is because floods often cause disruption to the sewage systems and other repositories for toxic wastes and chemical spillage.

Although porous materials in your home like rugs and carpets, upholstered furniture, mattresses, and vinyl flooring, may dry out, the contaminants that remain in those materials can pose health risks to you and your family. Thus, professionals suggest disposal of these porous materials especially if they have been wet for a longer time. Items that are made of glass, plastic, hardwood, concrete, and metal can be used again with a thorough cleaning, disinfection, and drying. 

  • Damage To Flooring

In most cases, carpets and carpet padding that have been wet may need to be discarded. They are usually porous and when too saturated, can be difficult to handle. On the other hand, hardwood flooring and tile may be salvaged with thorough cleaning and disinfection. However, it is best to remove both types of flooring to disinfect and air out subflooring. 

  • Damage To Home Appliances and Electrical Systems

 As you know, electricity and water do not mix. Thus, electrical components such as wirings, circuits, fuse boxes outlets, and switches, and even computers and electric heaters can easily get damaged when wet or were underwater. Replace these items if necessary.  

Furthermore, appliances such as oven and refrigerator can also suffer damage because the insulation of both appliances can absorb water and become contaminated. Your washer, microwave, and dryer can be salvaged, but before using them, hire a professional to service them.

  • Mold Growth

After a flood, excess moisture and standing water can contribute to mold infestation in your home, which can put your health at risk. Mold growth is especially dangerous for people who have breathing difficulties or allergies. 

Mold can appear within 24 to 48 hours after a flood, thus it is very crucial to take quick actions and prevent them from causing additional damage to your property.

When floodwater submerged and there is no excess water or moisture, make sure to clean and disinfect the affected surfaces. Clean surfaces using the bleach solution and allow the area to completely dry. 

What To Do If Your Home Suffers Flood Damage

If you had to evacuate your home, never return until the authorities deemed it safe to enter. Be very cautious and observant of your property. Never stand in water as it can cause electrocution. 

As you inspect your home, make a record of evidence of the damage brought by a flood. Take photos and videos of all the damaged contents. Make sure to contact your insurance provider immediately to inform them of the current condition of your home. 

Professional Water Damage Restoration by Superior Restoration Company

If your home suffers from damage due to a flood, contact a professional water restoration company immediately. We, at Superior Restoration, offer excellent cleanup and restoration services. Our team utilizes quality tools and equipment necessary for restoring flood-damaged homes. We work diligently to ensure that your home is back to its original state. Get in touch with us today

Coronavirus Disinfection and Prevention

Coronavirus Disinfection and Prevention

The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus or Sars-CoV-2. While the virus is called as coronavirus, the illness that results after getting infected is called COVID-19. The virus has been stated as pandemic causing a great number of casualties in approximately 114 countries, including the US. As a cleanup expert, we understand how important it is to prevent the spread of the virus in your home or office.  Our priority is to help you, your family and employees to stay safe during the outbreak. Thus, we have gathered prevention and cleaning tips to prevent the spread of the virus.

Keep on reading to know more about Coronavirus prevention and disinfection

What Is CoVid-19?

CoVid-19 is the new kind of disease that was first detected in Wuhan, China in December of last year. It came from a large family of viruses that are common from people and several kinds of animals like cattle, camels, bats, and cats. Just like Mers-Cov and Sars-Cov, animal coronaviruses can infect people and spread people-to-people. With further studies and mortality rate of 3.4% in those it has infected, CoVid-19 has been proven deadly and can cause severe illness and respiratory issues.

What Are The Symptoms of Coronavirus?

The people infected with coronavirus will most likely experience mild symptoms to severe illnesses and death. Older people and those people with underlying medical conditions like diabetes, lung diseases and cancer are most prone to this virus. According to the CDC, the symptoms of coronavirus will most likely appear on the first 2 days to 14 days after exposure. The most common symptoms of coronavirus are;

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath.

Some other patients may experience;

  • persistent pain in the chest
  • trouble breathing
  • diarrhea
  • sore throat

In some cases, other patients may not have symptoms but are still infected by the virus. It is important to consult your doctor immediately if you are feeling unwell or has developed concerning or severe symptoms.

How Does It Spread

According to the studies of the health professionals, coronavirus spread mainly through person-to-person contact. An infected person can spread the virus through the droplets of their saliva or discharge from their nose when they cough or sneeze. Furthermore, infected people can also easily spread the virus by touching objects or surfaces in public areas or most populated areas of a home. People who are not infected can become infected by touching those contaminated areas and unconsciously touching their eyes, nose, or mouth which can lead to the virus getting into their body.

Though the virus has been spreading quickly, there are still ways you can do to protect yourself and others from coronavirus.

How To Stay Protected Against Coronavirus

While cities and states are taking drastic ways to stop the severity of this global pandemic, like closing malls, restaurants, and other public venues, and/or issuing community quarantine order to constrain people to stay in their homes, there are more ways you can do protect yourself and minimize your risk from exposure to coronavirus;

Practice Basic Cleanliness

Maintain regular hygienic activities like taking a shower and brushing your teeth. Clean your hands with sanitizer or wash them with soap and water frequently. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as the virus can enter through those parts of your face.

Furthermore, clean areas and surfaces that are dirty like doorknobs, light switches, tables, countertops, and telephones. Use EPA approved disinfectant or household cleaners to remove pathogens from those contaminated areas.

Practice Social Distancing

In the outbreak of coronavirus, social distancing is an important precautionary measure everyone should take. This includes preventing close contact with other people especially if the person is sick or may have been infected. Avoid shaking hands and keep the six feet distance.  Stay home when you are feeling unwell to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Finally, along with those preventative measures, it is also important to keep yourself educated and make sure to keep up with the latest updates in regards to the development of the virus to keep yourself and your family protected.

What To Do If Coronavirus Contaminated Your Property

If you think that Coronavirus has infected your home or business, don’t panic, stay calm, and contact the local officials to inform them of the current situation. Remember that this situation requires proper and thorough precautions. If necessary, evacuate your home or if it is a business, close your building to avoid contamination. Contact your most trusted local restoration or Cleanup Company to perform proper and thorough disinfection procedures using hospital-grade solutions and equipment.

Coronavirus Disinfection Service by Superior Restoration

During this unprecedented time, our coronavirus disinfection professionals are specially prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business. We are continuously developing comprehensive disinfection procedures adhering to the protocol set forth by the CDC. We begin with a thorough analysis of contamination and determine the proper cleaning procedures to take based on your property’s needs. Our cleanup procedures include cleaning and disinfecting porous and non-porous materials, equipment, tools, and supplies used in performing the cleanup procedures and waste disposal. We equip our professionals with biohazard cleanup knowledge and EPA-registered cleaning solutions.

The coronavirus pandemic is an extremely serious situation. We encourage all our customers to take proper precautionary measures and to stay as healthy and as safe as possible. We understand how this global outbreak can cause an alarm for the safety of your family or employees. If you suspect your home or office to be infected with coronavirus, don’t take any chances. Call us right away to start the coronavirus disinfection procedure. We are here for you and ready to help you.