Flood Cleanup In Phoenix
Of all the possible disasters that can affect a home, flood damage is quite possibly the worst. Fire, tornado, earthquakes – all of these carry a sense of “clean” destruction. You can see the cracks, the breaks, the sections destroyed and those intact.
But a flood is insidious. It doesn’t always destroy cleanly. It weakens, quietly and unobtrusively. What doesn’t get swept away becomes open to rot, mold and even termites. We at EHS Restoration have been serving the Phoenix area for years and we know how to deal with flood damage.
Arizona isn’t a place you normally associate with flooding, but it does happen. A monsoon can occur at any time. The sudden onset of great amounts of water doesn’t allow for easy drainage. The water tends to find its way down and into any place that offers less pressure than solid ground. Most often this place is a basement that has a weak spot or cracks in the foundation. Another cause of flooding can be the bursting of a major water pipe inside your home. Finally, the city water system may experience an issue that causes a flooding situation in your area.When this happens, you need someone who can get there as soon as possible in order to reduce the amount of damage that results.
Elevation Is Key
The single best quality to help minimize flood damage is to be on elevated ground, whether that’s the foundation of the home or your home electronics. Admittedly, particularly bad floods can reach even the most well placed items or highest homes, but such floods are rare. It’s the smaller ones, ones that maybe only reach ankle height, which you have to worry about.
Also keep in mind that furniture likely may have to be restored or even replaced, owing to their contact with the floor. Likewise, carpet and vinyl flooring will need to be replaced, wood flooring may need to be replaced and tile and slate will need to be cleaned.
Because electrical outlets are usually close to the floor, you don’t want to be testing them out after a flood by plugging something in and flipping the switch. If it’s obvious that some outlets were inundated during the flood, get an electrician to check things out before restoring power.
You may want to enlist an electrician even if it’s not obvious, as house wiring may be running behind the walls further down. As far as home electronics, you’ll need to get those dried out and cleaned, or replaced if you can’t crack open the casing.
Our Flooding Services
EHS understands the importance of working quickly and thoroughly. When we approach a flooded basement, our first goal is to remove any water in the area. Once the actual water is removed, preparations are put in place to remove all the added moisture. We remove things like carpeting and carpet pads and your personal items are removed to a safe location. Special antimicrobial agents are used to eliminate the growth of mold and dehumidifiers are run to return the air in the flooded area to its normal level. EHS will help you save as much of your belongings as possible and will even help you with insurance claims when necessary.
Flood damage can open the way to a host of health hazards along with structural problems. Water-damaged wood is highly attractive for termites. Floodwaters mixing with outflow from ruptured sewer lines can bring about all manner of possible infectious diseases. And houses that aren’t dried out quickly are at risk for mold. Emergency flood damage repair can be done, but it has to be done as soon as possible.
If you do happen to get hit with flood damage, give EHS Restoration a call at 480-306-5777 or fill out our online form, and we’ll get you the help you need, right away.