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How Much Devastation Is Expected After Flood Damage Affects Sarasota Homes?

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Looking up at 4 palm trees; rain causing them to blow in wind High, damaging winds often accompany storms. Should your home become damaged, SERVPRO is available 24/7 for your storm damage restoration needs.

How Much Devastation Is Expected After Flood Damage Affects Sarasota Homes?

SERVPRO Can Help You Identify Major and Minor Issues That Influence Damage from Floods

If a storm affects your Sarasota home, it might take time to realize the true extent of the problem you face unless the property is physically decimated. Knowing beforehand what worsens the severity of such incidents can help you respond appropriately.

Flood damage in your Sarasota home includes visible and invisible aspects. Some damage, such as the torn roofs and inundated floors, develop immediately, while others like microbial growth take longer to manifest. One way to stop an incident from getting out of hand is involving a professional team like SERVPRO.

Professional restorers gauge a flooding incident by the underlying factors like:
• Expected levels of moisture action
• Physical forces like intense winds and wind-driven rain
• The amount or type of hazardous materials and contamination
The level of moisture action correlates directly with the amount of water that breaches the property. Therefore, if there are inches of standing water in your home, any materials vulnerable to moisture exposure are at risk of devastation. Even materials not in direct contact with the water are not immune from destruction.

Indirect moisture damages occur due to:
• Moisture wicking through materials
• Hygroscopic materials absorbing moisture from the humid air
• Condensation of evaporated water
During a storm, gale force winds can tear off roofing materials, shatter windows or destabilize structural supports. Severe inundation can also lead to foundation shifts. Some problems like foundation shifts may not be that apparent. Our SERVPRO technicians look for subtle early signs like cracks or stuck windows. Then we can suggest intervention methods.

Contamination is another aspect that determines the severity of a flooding incident. The presence of chemicals and biohazards such as raw sewage means that most porous contents and some structural materials must be torn out and removed. Proper PPE is necessary when managing such materials.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota can help you understand the flood damage situation at your property better, thus addressing it, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (941) 552-6319.

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