Flooding Possible as Snow Melt Finally Starts
Water is one of the single most destructive forces to property. Left unchecked, it can lead to rot, dry rot, mold and termite infestations. Water can cause roofs to collapse, foundations to buckle and all manner of expensive repairs.
On March 7th, the Calgary Herald reported that record snowfall numbers and a warming trend may result in excess runoff and could cause flooding issues for residents.
To minimize flood damage, you need to be pro-active and begin preparing. If you have had seepage issues in the past, then it is important to ensure that excess snow around your foundation is removed and all downspouts point away from the home.
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website offers great advice on what to do after a flood.
One of the key points CMHC emphasises is the following:
“Immediate action is important. Your house and furnishings are less likely to grow mold if they are dried within 48 hours.“
Mold is one of the problems caused by flooding because water is the key ingredients mold needs to grow. Other key ingredients for mold growth are the right temperature of 5 degrees to 38 degrees and of course food, such as paper, wood, drywall, wallpaper, carpet, ceiling tiles, dust, and dirt.
Mold can cause health and structural issues, so it is important to understand that prevention and moisture control are essential.
Your goal as a home owner is to prevent the onset of mold. To accomplish this objective, here are some key steps CMHC and Got Mold? recommends:
Put your own safety first. Avoid electrical shock. Keep extension cords out of the water. Shut the power off to the flooded area at the breaker box. Ask your electrical utility for help if needed.
Record details of damage, with photos or video if possible.
Clean up the area. We recommend that you call a professional Disaster Recovery Service like Got Mold? because we have the protective gear and equipment to clean up the area properly. The key to preventing excessive mold growth is to remove all the water and begin drying out the area using air movers and dehumidifiers. Most importantly, all contaminated material must be either disinfected or removed permanently. If you begin the clean up process yourself, we strongly advise the use of rubber gloves, boots, protective clothing, and a respirator.
Call your insurance provider immediately. Keep in mind, as the home owner, you have the right to choose the Disaster Recovery Service company you want to work with.
Got Mold? is here to help, one of the core services we offer is Flood Response & Restoration. If you are concerned about potential flooding issues and have questions or concerns, contact us. Peace of Mind, just a phone call away!
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