Floods are one of the most unpredictable natural disasters, and an unexpected flood can wreak havoc on your home. Returning to your home after a flood without mitigating any damage can be extremely dangerous, and can expose you to mold and other chemical hazards.
Flood water is not clean, and is often full of mud, bacteria, and even sewage. Floods can also cause chemical spills and overflow toxic waste sites, making the water unsafe to wade through. Even when the water has dissipated or been absorbed by items in your home, those containments stay behind and can put you and your family at risk. Porous materials like furniture, carpeting, and mattresses can all carry bacteria long after the material has dried out, especially if the items have been underwater for longer than 24 hours. Even items that can be cleaned like glassware and concrete should be disinfected and cleaned as soon as possible. This potential exposure to toxins is why it’s wise to contact a professional for flood damage restoration in Alpharetta before reentering your home after a flood. Learn more options for recovering your Atlanta home after a flood.
Another risk of flood damage is fire and electrical malfunctions in your home. You should never enter your home after a flood if the ground is still wet until you have ensured that the power mains have been shut down. Floods expose electrical appliances to water and can cause above-ground gas lines and containers to leak, exponentially increasing the risk of fire or explosions.
The exposure of electrical items to water also puts you and your family at risk of electrical injuries and electrocution. Televisions, dishwashers and dryers should all be cleaned before being used again, and under no circumstances should you touch a circuit breaker or fuse with wet hands.
The other main risk of flood damage is structural damage to your home. Wet floors, walls, and ceilings can all lead to serious wood rot, making your home structurally flawed. Floor boards and stairs can warp and distort, roofs can develop cracks and holes, and the very foundation of your home could be compromised by erosion under the house.
While you can certainly perform a visual inspection on your own, it’s a good idea to have flood damage restoration in Alpharetta performed by professionals, who can inspect not only your home’s electrical systems and structural security, but its sewage systems, air ducts, and heating and cooling systems.