The Denver area might not be known for its frequent rainfall throughout the year – Denver has roughly 250 days of sunshine every year – but that’s not to say it doesn’t have its moments. A majority of the 17 inches of rain Denver gets every year comes between April and September.
During those months, heavy rainfall is a real possibility. And while it doesn’t come often, it’s often tragic when it does – especially for homeowners and business owners that aren’t prepared for it. Any property impacted will likely experience a wide range of water and mold damage issues.
According to the First Street Foundation, roughly 5,200 properties have at least a “26% chance of being severely affected by flooding over the next 30 years.” Overall, there are about 7,000 residential and 1,800 commercial properties in Denver that have at least some level of flood risk.
Can You Restore a Flooded Home?
Determining whether or not a flooded home can be restored is largely dependent on the size and severity of the damage – as well as when the damage occurred. In most cases, the flooded home can be restored back to its original, pre-flood condition, but that’s not to say it’ll be easy.
Let’s take a look at what you should expect from the restoration process for a flooded home:
- Step One –find the source of the flood, if not from heavy rainfall or a natural disaster.
- Step Two – begin the water extraction process by removing water from the home.
- Step Three –remove any belongings from the affected area and determine if they’re salvageable or not.
- Step Four –inspect the flooring (carpet, tile, hardwood, etc.) and determine if it needs to be removed.
- Step Five –once the affected area is removed if needed, you can begin the drying process.
- Step Six –keep an eye out for mold growth, that way you can remediate it quickly.
- Step Seven – once the affected area is dry, start rebuilding, replacing, renovating, and restoring the area (flooring, drywall, furniture, etc.).
This might sound like a lot of work, but don’t panic – you won’t and shouldn’t have to lift a finger. A flooded home is tragic for any property owner, but they can rest easy knowing they have the professional help of a water damage restoration company in Denver at their disposal 24/7.
What to Do if Your House Floods
When a house floods, panic often follows as most homeowners and business owners have no idea what to do when a house floods. The first step, of course, is to not panic and take a deep breath – you won’t have to go through this alone and you’ll have professional assistance.
Here are some things you should do if your home floods:
- If it’s safe to do so, go ahead and turn off your power, gas, and water.
- If flood water is higher than the outlets, avoid standing in the water.
- Make sure your floors and ceilings aren’t sagging before entering a room.
- Avoid coming into contact with the flood water – wear protective gear if entering.
- Beware of rodents, animals, pests, and other unwanted things roaming in the water.
- If you’re unsure about the condition of the home or the safety of entering the home, don’t.
Once you calm your nerves and accept what just happened, you’ll need quality and professional water damage restoration in Denver. They’ll have the equipment, knowledge, experience, and passion to restore your home, business, or property back to its original, pre-flood condition.
Flood-Related Hazards That Cause Property Damage
Floods pose a number of threats to homes and businesses in the impact area. Of course, the size and severity of the damage will often depend on the size and severity of the flood. Let’s take a look at some of the most common and dangerous flood-related hazards to your property:
- Water damage to the interior and exterior of the property
- The growth and spread of mold, especially if the water damage isn’t restored in a timely manner
- Electrical currents and fire hazards if the water comes into contact with electricity.
- Unwanted debris (broken glass, tree branches, etc.) and unfriendly rodents (snakes, rats, etc.)
- Contaminated or unhealthy water that might be carrying disease or other illness
Property damage from a flood can be devastating, expensive, and time-consuming – three things that can and will act as a setback to most families and businesses in the Denver community. To minimize the stress and frustration, contact Restoration 1 of Central Denver!
How to Prepare Your Home for Flood Season
With May officially coming to an end, we are technically in flood season and you never really know when heavy rainfall or flash floods might happen. To ensure you, your home, and your family are safe for what might await, here are some things to keep in mind for flood season:
- Always keep an eye on the local forecast and be aware of any local flood warnings
- Depending on the severity of the flood, consider covering your indoor outlets and raising any personal belongings out of the way
- If you have a basement, consider waterproofing it and investing in a sump pump
- Prepare an emergency kit and always have an emergency plan in the event of a natural disaster
- Invest in a backup generator in the event of a power outage
- Always follow the directions and advice of local authorities
With preparation and fast reactions, you can minimize the amount of damage your home experiences when a flood happens. This is especially true for properties in an area that’s more prone to flooding – like the 7,000 residential and 1,800 commercial properties mentioned earlier.
When Should You Call a Restoration Company?
Have you recently experienced water damage due to heavy rainfall or a flood? Are you in need of reliable, experienced, and professional storm damage cleanup with a fast response time? If you answered yes to either of those questions, Restoration 1 of Central Denver is here to help!
We take great pride in our ability to restore your home or business back to its original, pre-flood condition. We understand how sentimental this experience is for you, your family, or your employees and we would be honored to help bring a sense of relief to the dire situation.
Contact us today to learn more!