Being stuck in a flooded house or apartment can be scary, to say the least. Flooding is one of the most common forms of water damage that occurs at home. Floods are not only extremely dangerous; they also cause an immense amount of damage to people’s homes and personal belongings. Water Extraction Brisbane specializes in all sorts of water extraction emergencies including flood water removal and sewage cleanup.
But what can you do if your property has been flooded? Flooding can cause several types of water damage, including:
- Wet and/or Saturated Flooded Carpets and Rugs
- Burst Pipes or Faucets that Resulted in Floods on Flooring Surfaces and Water Damage on Ceilings and Walls
- Flooding from Overflowing Toilets and Bathtubs
- Flooding from Flooded Basements or Flooded Appliances, Like Your Sump Pump
If you are suffering from any sort of flooding in your home, the most important thing to do is to act quickly. Floodwater can cause several types of water damage that grow worse every day they remain wet. For example, flooded carpets and rugs can become mildewed within 24-48 hours if they are not dried effectively.
Floods on flooring surfaces, water damage on ceilings and walls, flooding from overflowing toilets or bathtubs, and flooding from a flooded basement or flooded appliances are all examples of wet floodwater that may have lasting consequences for your property if it is not dried effectively. Flooded building materials like drywall should never be dried with heat, especially if the water came in contact with electrical equipment (fuse boxes, circuit breakers).
The other reason why it is important to act quickly when you are dealing with water damage is that the longer the affected area remains wet, the more likely it becomes that mold will form. Flooded carpets and rugs, for example, should be dried within 24-48 hours to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Flooded building materials like drywall should also never be dried with heat because the prolonged exposure can create a potential fire hazard.
Finding Flood Damage Restoration Brisbane Experts in Your Area Flooded properties should always be dried by experts using industrial strength equipment, like industrial dehumidifiers and blowers. Flooding at home is an emergency situation that requires immediate attention to ensure that property is dried quickly and safely before mold begins to form. Flooded properties cannot be treated with over-the-counter products or household fans and dehumidifiers. Flooded properties should only be treated by Flood Damage Restoration Brisbane experts because they have the equipment and expertise needed to dry your flooded property quickly and effectively.
How Long Flood Water Remains a Hazard after Flooding?
It is not always possible to know how long it will take for floodwater to dissipate. Floods can occur in a matter of minutes, hours or days. Also, the amount and level of contamination depends on several factors such as type of pollutant, quantity and speed of the flow of water that causes it. Flooding can occur in a matter of hours or days, depending on the area, and how long it takes for waters to recede. Floodwater left sitting may pose a hazard to your property and your health. Floodwater left standing has been known to result in serious illness from exposure to dangerous microorganisms. We work 24 hours, 7 days a week for Water Extraction in Brisbane Water area because we know Water damage can happen any time of the day or night, at any day of the week.
Floodwater will remain a health hazard for between 24‐48 hours if initially of ‘low’ quality, i.e. contained some sewage or agricultural pollutants, and can pose a serious threat to your property over the following 7‐10 days if it contains extreme quantities of oil, grease or chemicals. Flood water may be contaminated with microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa and helminths (worms). Floodwater left on your property may pose a health risk to your family. Flooding can cause damage to properties that require water removal services. Flooding can also effect commercial building causing damage requiring Water Extraction Brisbane, drying and Flood Damage Restoration Brisbane services.