When your home's been exposed to standing water, you know you have to work fast to prevent permanent damage from occurring. Unfortunately, when there's flooding of any kind, water damage can happen within seconds. Below are three things to watch out for after dealing with standing water.
The subfloor is the very foundation for your floor. Whether you're in your kitchen, bathroom, living room, or bedroom subflooring is an essential part of the room's structure.
When standing water gets into the subflooring, it can cause structural damage, as well as pose major health risks. Mold and mildew growth are common, as well as warping and general degradation of the subfloor's material. The only way to prevent these issues is by thoroughly drying them. This can be done by removing any carpeting and other flooring materials from the subfloor, and drying it with industrial fans. Allowing the subfloor to fully dry can prevent thousands of dollars worth of damage and hassle.
Drywall can become saturated by water quickly, compromising its integrity. This can cause obvious issues, one of them being a collapsed ceiling.
If your home has experienced any kind of flooding, it's important that the drywall be thoroughly inspected for signs of water damage or pooling. Failure to properly dry the drywall following a flood can be costly and dangerous. Not only can wet drywall pose a risk of collapsing, it can also lead to mold growth, which can be a risk to your family's health. Proper inspection may require removal of the inside wall, which can take time and be costly, but it may be important for the health and safety of your family.
If flooding occurred near any exterior walls, it's important that the insulation be examined for signs of moisture or mold growth.
Wet insulation isn't very useful, and it can even cause harm to the surrounding walls if allowed to remain there. Wet insulation that is allowed to remain in your home can also harbor mold or mildew, as well as any toxins that were present in the flood water. While certain types of insulation may be saved, it's best if it's just completely replaced to be sure all of the moisture is gone and the insulation's integrity remains intact.
Flooding can pose a serious risk to your home and your family. If your home has been exposed to standing water, consider working with professional water damage specialists to minimize the risks and get your house back to its original state.