Introduction to Storm Water Damage

If your home is built in the path of a hurricane, it can suffer a significant amount of storm water damage. Those who live in those regions in the world which are more susceptible to hurricanes have to be prepared to deal with the consequences of the damage caused by these types of storms. If you are living in such a region, it is best to have a strategy in place for protecting your property and a plan of action for mitigating and dealing with the resulting damages. 

Image of street flooded by storm water

Streets and homes flooded

If a large part of your house has been affected by storm water damage, a sensible first step would be to find a professional water damage restoration company that can help you to restore your property to its condition before the storm. The use of this type of service will also assure you that no further problems are going to arise in future such as the spread of mold throughout your home. 

When dealing with flood damage, it is common for homes to become severely unhygienic due to the black water that has come into the house. You should know that black water is very unhygienic as it holds all of the dirt and bacteria that are present on roads, as well as insects and animals, both decomposed as well as alive, waste materials, chemicals and other assorted debris. When an area is dealing with widespread flooding, it’s not uncommon for the sewage systems to become overloaded and when they start flooding out into the streets and people’s homes it adds raw sewage containing bacteria and pathogens to the mix. The problem with flood damage is more severe than a water leak caused by a plumbing issue. This is because a water leak will only affect a small part of your house, whereas water damage due to floods requires an effective treatment for the entire house. 

image of hurricane katrina storm damage

Hurricane Katrina storm water damage

If your house has been flooded with storm water there is also a strong possibility that you will also have to deal with mold damage, which goes hand in hand with this type of situation. Usually the biggest reason for this is because the flood waters take days to weeks to subside and truthfully nothing can be done until the flood waters subside. It is imperative to treat the growth of mold, as it can be responsible for many health issues like nausea, irritation in the eyes, and respiratory troubles. When you are faced a problem of this nature, you must not hesitate to bring in the services of qualified professionals who are able to provide the most effective treatments and mitigation techniques for mold removal. 

There is a fair amount of work that you are able to safely do yourself before any water damage restoration experts arrive. Your first priority should be to turn the power off to the affected areas. Next, will be the removal of water and water soaked items from your house by any safe means possible and the ventilation of the home to begin the drying out process. Make sure to read our list of what to do and what not to do when your home has water damage. 

Since this is about the safety of your property, you should only trust professional companies who are experienced in dealing with the many aspects of storm water damage to restore your home. Upon arrival, they will evaluate the extent of the damage and then work out a plan of action for dealing with the resulting damage. The length of time that will be required to fully restore your home will depend on the extent of the damage that has been done. For small projects, this time frame could be as little as three days. Homes that have suffered more extensive damage will take longer to be returned to a safe livable condition

About Dan Camara

Dan Camara is the CEO of PuroClean Home Rescue in Sacramento. We have been helping the good folks of Northern California with water damage dryouts, mold removal and fire cleanups for nearly 5 years now. Connect with me on Google+
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