By jordansflo26761441, Sep 1 2017 04:34PM
First of all, we'd like to send our deepest sympathies to those affected by the hurricane.
We'd also like to express our appreciation and admiration of companies like Architectural Ceramics, Emser Tile, Mannington, and The Carpet Guys, who have donated their time, money and resources to help victims. (You can read more about their efforts here.)
By now we've all seen the destruction and devestation that storms like Harvey can produce. Today we want to talk about floods and floors. Specifically, we'll provide you with some sombering statistics on flooding, the impact it has on your flooring and preventative measures you can take to keep your floors and your home safe. Let's begin.
Every year in the United States, floods do about $6 billion worth of damage and kill nearly 140 people, according to National Geographic.
This only proves the importance of insurance. However, contrary to popular belief, flood insurance is not covered under typical homeowner's insurance. Federal flood insurance, purchased through your insurance agent or company, is the only guaranteed flood insurance coverage available for your home. Talk to your insurance agent today and make sure you are covered!
Moving on to floors and water. Never a good combination, right? A pipe bursts under the sink. Your refrigerator starts leaking. Rain water blows in through a window that was accidentally left open. Things happen. The signs of potential water damage are often quite obvious, but sometimes they are more subtle.
"Just because you don't see any standing pools of water doesn't mean the potential for water damaged floors is any less", say our friends at Restoration Eze.
The first step here is to identify the source of the water; this will help determine whether you need to call in the professionals right away. (If the leak was from a dishwasher or sewage line, then the answer is YES. If it is just a leaky faucet, you may be able to hold off and fix the issue on your own.)
Next, Restoration Eze says the water must be extracted from the floors. "All excess moisture must be removed from floors and subfloors. All damaged hardwood and tiles must be removed from floors, and the subfloor must be replaced where water has damaged it. Water damaged tiles can generally be cleaned with a milk baking soda and water solution. Throw any any materials like carpet padding that cannot be salvaged." They also recommend the use of fans and other ventilation devices to dry wet surfaces. Follow with dehumidification, and then treat with a disinfectant to prevent potential mold growth.
Basements are especially susceptible to water damage and flooding, so it's important to put down a floor that will withstand the elements. Brands like Coretec offer 100% waterproof flooring. There are only so many preventative measures you can take, as accidents do occur, but having flood insurance is probably the number one. Don't put it off until it's too late.
In the meantime, keep our brothers and sisters in the Lone Star state in your thoughts and prayers. We'll see you in our next post.