Unlike harmful levels of radon gas or carbon-monoxide that are virtually undetectable without purposeful testing and specialized equipment, identifying the need for water remediation is pretty self-evident when you have to canoe into work.
The real problems start when flood waters recede and now what you can't see can be just as dangerous. Floodwaters often become contaminated with sewage or chemicals. Gas leaks and live power lines can be deadly, but are not obvious at first glance.
- Quickly moving water will spread throughout the dwelling, finding the path of least resistance, saturating everything in its path.
- Stains/finish released from furniture could cause permanent staining on flooring and carpets.
- Finishes on moisture sensitive furniture may begin to turn white.
- Paper goods (paperwork, files, books, magazines, art work) may become unsalvageable due to saturation.
- Normal environmental odors will begin to intensify.
- Musty/sour odors become apparent.
- Drywall swells and porous structures begins to break down.
- Unprotected metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Laminated furniture begins to swell and/or split and finish can begin to crack.
- Dyes and/or ink from textiles and paper goods begin to seep and spread causing staining.
- Mold, mildew and other contaminants have begun to grow and spread.
- Unprotected metal begins to rust, corrode, and pit.
- Furniture warps and begins to show signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Adhesives begin to breakdown and release.
- Windows, doors , casings, and studs begin to swell and warp.
- Wood flooring begins to swell, warp, or buckle.
- Persons with respiratory concerns or compromised immune systems could experience distress or a heightened sensitivity to allergens from microbial growth.
- Claim cost and renovation time increases due to extensive restoration.
- Structural safety and health concerns may pose serious hazards to occupants requiring relocation until reconstruction is complete.