Typical Damage to Homes After Flooding

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Flood waters lead to a number of health and safety concerns for our homes. Here are some of the most serious concerns that you need to be aware of when you return home:

Mold: Mold can be a hazard to both people and structures. Mold can grow quickly and the longer the home stays wet, the faster the mold will spread.

Contamination: Flood water contains a significant number of contaminants. Chemicals, sewage, and bacteria are just a few of the hazards that could be in flood water and absorbed by porous materials.

Utilities: Flood waters, especially salt water, can corrode wires and metal, and can damage appliances and other equipment. Natural gas lines can shift and become disconnected, resulting in a serious safety hazard.

Structure: The homes structure may shift from its foundation. Structural damage to ceilings, walls, and flooring may occur. All of these make a home dangerous to enter.

Wood Components: Flood waters affect wood components in many ways. Wood may swell, split, or warp. Some types of wood, such as particle board and oriented strand board may crumble or lose it structural integrity.