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Flash Flooding from Extreme Weather Creates Water Damage Emergencies for Property Owners

Jan 17


Extreme weather can cause water damage emergencies for property owners. This is not just because of the flooding, but also due to water pooling in areas such as basements and crawlspaces. Water in these locations can lead to mold growth and rotting wood, which will only exacerbate water damage.

Water pooling occurs when water stays in one spot and doesn't drain properly. If water accumulates around a foundation’s perimeter, there is a good chance it has become trapped underneath an exterior door or window. In many cases, water that pools below doors enters the basement when someone enters or leaves the building. Because water flows into lower levels like this, flash flooding must be resolved quickly before it has time to spread throughout the property.

Water damage can be caused by water pooling along the foundation and entering through cracks and other openings. This water then flows into the inside of a basement or crawlspace, which can lead to water damage and additional problems such as mold growth and wood rot. This type of water damage is preventable with proper water removal services performed by water restoration professionals.

Severe Weather Leads To Major Storms Including Snow, Excessive Rain and High Wind Storms

Storms causing water damage can impact residential and commercial property owners. These water damage emergencies could lead to water damage in basements or crawl spaces.

Water damage from burst pipes due to cold weather cause major catastrophes, as water freezes, it expands. This expansion can cause water lines to burst and can even force water out of drains inside walls, causing water seepage inside the building. If water pressure builds up over time, pipes might break underground. Once this occurs, water enters sewers that are not equipped to handle large amounts of water - which will then lead to flash flooding outside the property that results in significant water damage for both commercial and residential property owners. For example, flash flooding was reported earlier this year after severe weather led to major flash floods. 

Flash floods are also known as "quick rises" or "flash overflow" and signify a water damage emergency for water restoration professionals because water can flow into basements, crawl spaces, homes, and businesses very quickly. In fact, water damage emergencies from flash floods are often so sudden that water supply lines have been known to burst, allowing water to pour out of the building before anyone inside has time to respond.

Water Damage Prevention is Important

There are water damage prevention measures that property owners can take to avoid water damage emergencies. Here are some water damage prevention tips:

- Check water supply lines for leaks regularly - some may be hidden or underneath a structure, so this task might require the services of a water restoration professional if leaks have occurred in these locations.

- Look around the perimeter of your building and look for water pooling along the exterior foundation wall. Inspect along doorways and windows, too, since water can seep through cracks and openings when freeze/thaw cycles occur during winter months. Make note of any damp spots on walls, floors, carpets or wood due to possible water pooling from storms.