Flood damage is the most common type of damage from natural disasters in the United States. Flooding occurs when there is a temporary flow of water onto land or structures that are normally dry, and can be caused by rainstorms, storm surges, snow, or overflow of dams or other water systems.
Flood water carries with it a variety of potential health hazards. Because flood water, or “black water,” can contain contaminants and other hidden hazards, as well as being potentially charged with electricity from damaged electrical lines and outlets, it can be dangerous in obvious and not-so-obvious ways.
When a home has been damaged by flood water, the safest option is to contact a New York emergency restoration company in Nassau County or Queens to assist with cleanup, damage assessment, repair, and future flood prevention. Professional flood damage restoration can help restore the structural integrity of the home, help restore property values, and ensure that the home is moisture- and mold-free in the future.
Steps to a Professional Restoration
When homeowners experience flood damage, it can mean a potentially devastating loss of personal property and even reduction in value to homes in Queens and Nassau County. For this reason, professional flood water cleanup should occur as quickly as possible in order to minimize overall property damage and exposure to contaminants.
Once flood waters have begun to recede, an emergency restoration company can begin the process of restoring property. Typically, a professional restoration team will:
- Pump out any remaining flood water
- Assess damage from flooding, including any structural damage and potential health hazards such as mildew or mold
- Safely remove and dispose of debris, including furnishings and personal items, that are damaged beyond repair
- Decontaminate and thoroughly clean the home to remove contaminants left behind by flood water
- Completely dry and dehumidify the home, to ensure that no residual water remains and to prevent
- future mold damage
- Work with other contractors, such as plumbers, electricians, and gas technicians to check water, electric, and gas service to the home before normal use of these services is resumed
Prevention of Future Damage
Restoring a home to its original state after flood damage can sometimes be a time-consuming process, but with the help of a professional team, restoration will be thorough, safe, and complete.
Once the cleaning and drying of a home is finished, and all utility services restored, homeowners may want to consider ways to avoid future flooding and damage. A professional restoration team can recommend various mitigation methods unique to each property, which may include measures such as installation of new drainage systems or sump pumps, or application of waterproof barriers or membranes on a home’s interior floors and walls.
And in addition to flood damage prevention, a team specializing in restorations may be able to recommend measures to prevent other types of accidental damage to homes, such as damage from fires, earthquakes, or other natural disasters.
Although few things can cause more damage to a home than floods or fires, a team specializing in professional restorations in New York from flood and fire damage can help to ensure that the risk of property damage from future natural disasters is minimized.