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Effects of Flood Damage on the Structures of Ft Lauderdale Homes

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle on road; SERVPRO restoration equipment on sidewalk Water quickly deteriorates structural elements like unfinished wood. SERVPRO can quickly remove the water and minimize damage.

SERVPRO Limits Flood Repair Challenges in Ft. Lauderdale

Flooding incidents present unique challenges. Although soiling and contamination are the most likely issues when such incidents hit Ft Lauderdale properties, other problems, especially those that affect the structure, are possible. Structural issues may be caused by the force of moving water or the kind of response you mount after flood damage. 

A knowledgeable and expedited response is essential to effectively tackle flood damage in Ft Lauderdale. The importance of these aspects is further amplified by the need to save your property from long-term structural problems. SERVPRO has the equipment and trained personnel to facilitate such a good response.

Issues that affect structures:

  • Warping structural materials 
  • Rotting of load-bearing supports
  • Foundation cracking

Flooding supplies significant amounts of water whose exposure causes various changes in the materials. For instance, unfinished structural wood readily absorbs the water and swells. If drying is not controlled, it might not be uniform, thus leading to warping. Since warping is not a drastic change readily noticed, especially for concealed materials, you might only realize there is an issue later when other issues like jammed doors develop. 

Limiting Permanent Damage

When working on significant flood damages such as heavy soiling and accumulated debris, it is easy to overlook the structural changes happening out of sight. In addition to causing warping, the moisture can lead to rotting in the structural materials. One thing that might work to your advantage is that your response to flood damage influences the severity of the outcome. SERVPRO helps plan and execute restoration to limit the unnecessary deterioration of structural materials and valuables. 

Helpful actions against flood deterioration:

  • Speeding up water removal with extractors
  • Tracing hidden moisture migration with thermal cameras
  • Controlling drying with a closed drying system 

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South is a reliable service provider to call after flood damage in your residence. You can reach us at (954) 776-2000. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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