Once your home has been exposed to a large volume of water, it becomes necessary to dry out the building and prepare for repairs. The flooding, whether the result of a broken pipe, a flood, or a broken sump pump, usually happens suddenly. The drying out occurs over time. Don't expect everything to dry completely overnight.
7 Ways Water Causes Damage:
2. Wood, and especially wood flooring, will absorb moisture, expand, warp, and may begin to rot.
3. Electric fixtures, switches, and plugs may short out or malfunction. They could cause shocks or even start a fire. When floors or carpeting are wet, they become excellent conductors of electricity. Even standing on the other side of a room from a malfunctioning electrical device could be hazardous.
4. Mud or silt, carried into your home by floodwaters, may bring disease carrying bacteria and virus in. Other contaminants such as heavy metals, fertilizers, and industrial chemicals can also be present in floodwaters.
5. Organic building and furnishing materials (wood, paper, fabrics, etc.), when left wet, may promote mold, mildew, and/or fungus growth.
6. Plaster responds well to drying efforts, however, durability depends on the plaster mix, the original method of application, the degree of water saturation, and the type of lath or backing used.
7. Insulation, which is saturated by water, needs to be replaced because the insulation may lose its R-factor, its ability to effectively retain or repel heat and cold temperatures.