Structural damage to a house after a flood may be subtle or extensive. Often, the full consequences will become fully apparent only later on. However, structural damage can be just as significant—if not more so—than the more immediate results of flooding. Structural issues are generally the aftermath of specific damaging forces present during and after a flood.

dry out water damage

Anyone affected by it wants to know how long it will take to dry out water damage. Quite naturally, they want their home and their daily routine back, ASAP.

We get it. However, exactly when a house is “dry” by established industry standards isn’t determined by the amount of time on the job.

water damage prevention

Effective water damage prevention is always preferable to dealing with the expensive consequences after the fact. Insurance claims for home water damage now average over $10,000 per incident and a typical home is seven times more likely to incur losses due to water than from theft or fire. A few very basic principles of water damage prevention, however, can help tilt the odds in your favor to avert many incidents or, at least, minimize losses if one should occur.

water damage restoration

Water damage affects a structure on many levels, from the very conspicuous damage you can’t miss to more subtle effects you can’t even see. In some cases, building materials are restorable after water damage, depending on the source of water as well as the duration of exposure. However, certain other materials may not be salvageable, or the time and cost required simply make replacement more practical.

water damage document sharing

Among the most permanent consequences of water damage to a home is the potential loss of vital documents. From insurance policies and tax records, to legal papers like wills and property titles, to irreplaceable keepsakes like handwritten letters from loved ones, exposure to water damage poses a very real danger of destruction. Certain common-sense preventative measures should always be taken:

  • Avoiding storing important documents in areas that could be vulnerable to flooding like the basement.

Defrosting a Freezer

To prevent water damage while defrosting a freezer should be a simple procedure if everything goes right: Unplug the unit, leave the door open to allow the ice to melt, and monitor water as it gradually flows through the drain line into the drip pan at the bottom of the unit.

When everything doesn’t go right and attempts to prevent water damage while defrosting a freezer aren’t successful, these may be common causes:

water damage

When baseball legend Yogi Berra famously remarked, “It ain’t over until it’s over,” he wasn’t talking about water damage. However, he could have been. Water damage inside a house is an active, ongoing process that continues to worsen until intervention by qualified professionals, utilizing proven remediation methods, interrupts the sequence.

The timeline of damage due to water is well-researched, documented, and usually predictable.

water damage

Water damage may not always look like you expect it to. Certainly, a cascade through a downstairs ceiling or a wading pond in the basement is unmistakable evidence of water damage. However, the signs may be more subtle at other times, depending on the source and amount of water, and when the event occurred. Wherever and whenever you may notice the signs, water damage only gets worse as time elapses.

Refrigerator Leaks

Refrigerator leaks probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of kitchen water damage. A busted water supply line under the kitchen sink or an overflowing dishwasher seems to be a more likely suspect. While refrigerator leaks may not be dramatic—frequently they appear as a recurrent “mystery puddle” around or behind the refrigerator—chronic leakage can rot the floor underneath the unit, spread under nearby baseboards into wall voids, and trigger mold growth.

The process of assessing storm damage to a home is among one of the (many) priorities facing homeowners after the weather clears. Issues affecting the house or its contents should be documented with written details and photographs to provide an accurate record of storm damage. Ideally, a formal assessment of storm damage by a qualified professional insurance adjuster should occur as soon as possible after the immediate area and the house is safe to enter.