There is really no upside to having water damage in your home, other than the fact that you may get to invest in some new hardwood flooring. As soon as your home is affected by water damage it is important, if not crucial, to respond to it right away. If water damage is ignored for an extended period of time, the amount of work required to fix the damage will escalate quickly. Here are some things homeowners should know when it comes to restoring water damage on a timely basis.
Floods are the most common types of natural disasters that occur in Canada. Because floods are not as extreme in nature as something like a hurricane or an earthquake, we often don’t consider floods that dangerous or damaging, but nothing could be farther from the truth. No matter the size of flood, whether it was simply after one heavy rainstorm or if it was a flood to the scale of Calgary’s Flood of 2013 or the Red River Flood of 1997, the results can be quite costly, stressful, and even dangerous. Water damage as a result of floods is also the most expensive form of property damage. For example, the aforementioned Calgary Flood of 2013 was estimated to cost around $6 billion when the cost of damage to infrastructure and the number of insurance claims placed was calculated. This made the Calgary Flood the most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history. So what can be done if you experience water damage or a flood emergency?
In case of a flood, immediacy is key – so while it’s important to know what to do in case of a flood, it’s just as important to do it quickly (within the first 24 hours). Immediacy is critical because it will prevent additional damage from occurring. In addition, the better the initial cleanup, the better the flood restoration process. And regardless of the severity of the flood, there will be water damage restoration required – it’s only a question of how much.