How to Check and Address Water Damage After Hurricane?

Water is a simple chemical substance. With one two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom, it could make a whole lot differences on the face of Earth. Without water, the Earth will be as barren as the Mars and life won’t exist. Unfortunately, water can be damaging to our house. Problems would start to appear when the basement gets flooded and water pipes burst. When the disaster strikes, much of the damage on our property is caused by water. Even a well-maintained house and the most solidly built structure will eventually crumble due to water damage. In this case, we should make sure that our house can be protected against any kind of water damage.

In general, we need routine and regular inspections in our house. When water damage happens, we could expect some amount of damage. Home maintenance should be the primary aspect and water damage is one thing that we need to consider to avoid. In this case, we should look for ways to get peace of mind, safety and security. By detecting and addressing water damage early, we won’t only protect our house, we could also increase its overall values. Water damage assessment should be performed when hurricane or flood has occurred recently. We should make sure that our house in good condition.

When checking for water damage, we should have a good idea on how to detect it. As an example, roof is the most vulnerable part of our house. If it is damaged, there could be holes, causing water to accumulate in the attic.  If you see any signs of damage contact Aurora roofers right away. It is also important to check if there’s bent or missing flashing. Any damage on the chimney and gutter should also be checked. Wall should be checked for excessive moisture and bricks should also be checked for damage. Cracks on stucco should be checked. Stained and wet stucco could indicate that it is affected by water damage. We need to check for loose or warped siding boards. Water intrusions could happen through the basement and windows.

We should make sure that water doesn’t accumulate under our house. Power wirings and electrical systems should also be checked for possible problems. In order to avoid leakage, we should cover the underside of our house with tarp or plastic sheet. Any accumulated water underneath our house should be drained quickly. After the soil under our house is dry, it is a good idea to put a layer of concrete to make sure that it is slightly higher than the surrounding ground. Even when there’s light flood around our house, water can be drained more quickly. The concrete bed should be progressively higher in the middle to further avoid water accumulation after a heavy rain. If there is debris around our house and the floor of our house is soaked wet, it is important to evacuate the whole family when we inspect the house. Without proper inspection after the hurricane, our house will start to rot slowly, causing slowly progressing damages and reduced quality of life.

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