A flood gets things wet – surely a good drying out is all that is needed? How I wish it were that simple. OK, maybe a small amount of clean water getting where it should not be can be mopped up and no harm done. However, this is definitely not the case if it is a considerable volume of water and matters are made even worse if that water is dirty, polluted or contains solids (like mud for example).
It’s Not Only Things Like The 2010 Milwaukee Flood
The two incidences of flash flooding that hit Milwaukee in a single week in July 2010, and caused damage of about $37 million in damage and cost one person’s life, are a major reminder that we should take natural flooding seriously. Our location in the Great Lakes Region and our proximity to Lake Michigan can often cause severe thunderstorms (even tornadoes) and sudden heavy rains. It follows that we should all know what to do in the event of a flood and how to deal with its aftermath.
Unfortunately, a flooding event at our home or business premises has just as much chance of being a man made event as it does as being a so called “Act of God”. There are the proverbial instances of people leaving a bath tap running unattended along with things like broken pipes, burst appliance feed hoses, sump pump failures, sewer backups, etc, etc. If caught in time some of these might be mop up jobs but many of them become serious and will need Water Damage Repair In Milwaukee.
Examples Of Damage
If a wool carpet or fabric curtains and furniture covers have become water soaked, drying is the obvious first step but, fabrics can shrink and colors can run – sometimes this water damage can be repaired – but not always. Some drywalling and compressed chip/fiber materials will soak up water which can cause swelling and weakening of structural strength. In addition, mold colonies can take root in damp materials which, if severe, could lead to you having to remove and destroy an affected section. Of course, not much electrical equipment will survive water immersion.
The damage potential increases and its renovation becomes more difficult from two counts. First is the length of time between the event and commencement of remedial action and the second is the condition of the incoming water (the dirtier and more polluted it is, the harder it becomes to clean it all up). The quicker you start, the better your chances of restoring everything to pre-flood condition. Keep the contact number handy for a firm that specializes in water damage repair – you could even need it tomorrow.