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Flood Damage in Ft. Lauderdale Homes Is Sometimes Hidden

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

man lift, tech, cleaning damaged ceiling Storm damage often needs repair work to restore the home or business to their preloss condition. Fort Lauderdale property owners count on SERVPRO.

Finding Flood Damage After a Storm

Ft. Lauderdale has an attractive climate and favorable environmental conditions most of the time. Powerful weather events could leave structures open to flooding, such as:

  • Hurricanes
  • Windstorms
  • Torrential Rain

The Attic Can Hide Damage

Because the attic is not a high-traffic area in many homes, flood damage in Ft. Lauderdale properties might not be immediately recognized. There are a few reasons for this:

  • Slow Migration of Water - Many do not notice attic flooding until it reaches the main living space and must pass through several building materials to reach that point. 
  • Small Roof Penetration Points - Sometimes, the area where water is heading into the attic is small, only allowing a small bit of water in at a time.
  • Saturation of Insulation - The insulation can slow the progression of water as this material gets fully saturated and absorbs the intruding water until it cannot hold more, and the water leaks into the attic.

Water Removal Solutions for Attics

With the knowledge that attic damage exists, you must prioritize removing the house's water. This process begins with extraction devices like pumps and vacuums but continues through other forms of water removal like managing the moisture content in the environment with dehumidifiers.

Needed Repairs to Help

Not only must our SERVPRO team address vulnerabilities in your roof's construction, but also replace any materials that require removal in the attic. Commercial Contractor License #: CBC1261730. Reconstructing wall systems, flooring, and roof underlayment materials can fix leaks and be the last step to make this flooding "Like it never even happened."

You might not always see flood damage when it occurs. It is usually a good practice to inspect areas like your attic space for leaks or penetration that indicate a situation requiring immediate restoration attention. When disasters strike, you can count on SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South to help. Call now at (954) 776-2000.

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