Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States, however not all floods are alike. Some floods develop slowly, while others such a flash floods, can develop in just a few minutes and without visible signs of rain. Additionally, floods can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states. (Ready.Gov/Floods)
Flash floods can occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall, a dam or levee failure, or a sudden release of water held by an ice jam. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of roaring water carrying rocks, mud and other debris. Overland flooding, the most common type of flooding event typically occurs when waterways such as rivers or streams overflow their banks as a result of rainwater or a possible levee breach and cause flooding in surrounding areas. It can also occur when rainfall or snowmelt exceeds the capacity of underground pipes, or the capacity of streets and drains designed to carry flood water away from urban areas. (Ready.Gov/Floods)
When disaster strikes, the demand for immediate cleanup follows. Whether fire, smoke, water or mold damage, the Basement Professor environmentally friendly methods provides a more thorough clean, even in tight angles of trusses and around nails and wiring.
Water can enter a basement or crawlspace in a number of ways, seeping through the floor if the surrounding ground is constantly saturated or entering through cracks in the foundation walls. Leaky basement windows could cause water to enter, while improperly draining downspouts and gutters may cause water to pool around the home’s foundation and enter the home.
A wet basement can decrease a home’s value and potential damage what’s in the home. Standing water in a basement can also pose health hazards, such as mold and mildew growth, and can prove a breeding ground for insects that like moist conditions
The existence of mold in a building is the symptom of much larger problem with moisture. As any mold remediator knows, eliminating the moisture problem is the only way to assure the mold will not return. Once the moisture problem has been solved, remediation of the existing mold is top priority. Mold can cause a great deal of health problems and can severely damage the integrity of a building's structure. So, removing the mold in its entirety is vital to any mold remediation project.
While it can remain dormant for months, even years, without being noticed, when conditions are right it can grow with amazing speed, causing potential health concerns for some people.
As a leading mold remediation company for commercial and institutional buildings, we often are asked to describe our remediation processes. While every situation is unique, the following describes a typical remediation process:
If mold spores are resting on a food source (organic material such as drywall paper, ceiling tiles, etc) they can grow rapidly once moisture is introduced. Seemingly overnight, you can notice a scent that initiates a mold assessment call.
Since moisture is required for mold growth, our inspection may utilize high-tech, infrared cameras and moisture meters to identify potential areas of growth.
If suspect mold is found, we rely on an independent industrial hygienist (IH) to conduct testing and to write protocols for remediation, avoiding any potential conflict of interest between testing and remediation. We work very closely with the IH throughout the entire process, which can include the following steps:
Flood Facts (FloodSmart.Gov)
Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live or work, but especially if you are in low-lying areas, near water, behind a levee or downstream from a dam. Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds or low-lying ground that appear harmless in dry weather can flood. (Ready.Gov/Floods)
Anywhere it rains, it can flood. A flood is a general and temporary condition where two or more acres of normally dry land or two or more properties are inundated by water or mudflow. Many conditions can result in a flood: hurricanes, overtopped levees, outdated or clogged drainage systems and rapid accumulation of rainfall. (FloodSmart.Gov)
In terms of number of lives lost and property damage, flooding is the most common natural hazard. Floods can occur at any time of the year, in any part of the country, and at any time of the day or night. While heavy precipitation is the common cause of flooding, hurricanes, winter storms and snowmelt are common, but often overlooked, causes of flooding.
Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, doesn't mean you won't in the future. Flood risk isn't just based on history, it's also based on a number of factors: rainfall, river-flow and tidal-surge data, topography, flood-control measures, and changes due to building and development. (FloodSmart.Gov)
What is Mitigation?
Mitigation is an action taken to reduce the loss of life and property. This is achieved through communities identifying and analyzing their hazards and risks. (FEMA.Gov)
There are many low-cost mitigation measures youcan take to protect yourself, your home, or yourbusiness from losses. For example: