Water is an essential part of life, but like everything else, too much of a good thing causes trouble. The destructive power of flood water is visible any time there’s a hurricane or a series of heavy rainstorms. According to the National Flood Insurance Program’s website, claims averaged more than $3.5 billion per year between 2005-2014. Surprisingly, most homeowners’ insurance policies don’t include flood coverage. Policies are available through the government and the average premium is around $700 per year.
Floods don’t have to be dramatic to cause problems. If a wet area isn’t dried properly, mold can grow and cause breathing problems and damage furnishings and building interiors. That’s why it’s important to call your insurance company immediately after discovering flood damage, so the mitigation and cleanup process can begin as soon as possible. Consider programming the toll free claims number for your flood insurance company into your phone. Include the policy number in the memo field of the contact.
Even physical contact with flood water is risky. It can become contaminated with anything along its path, from dirt to chemical fertilizer to overflow from water treatment plants. Diarrhea is one danger caused by exposure to flood water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. There are also more insects and animals in flooded areas, and therefore more chances for bites or diseases.
Whether the flooding is inside or outside, it’s always best to keep children and pets out of the area until cleanup is complete. In the best case scenario, both would track mud everywhere. In the worst case scenario, both could be exposed to sewage and toxins. Either way, having them around will delay the drying process.
Flood Cleanup Cost
If your home or business has water damage for any reason, call the professionals at ServiceMaster Recovery Services by TLC. They’ll be onsite within two hours of your initial call to assess the situation and begin the cleanup process. This is even more important if you have a finished basement. Their flooded basement cleanup procedure uses the best drying equipment available to the trade. They can deal with any water emergency in the Bridge City or Beaumont, TX area. They evaluate the situation, use advanced equipment to remove water from the building, furnishings, and carpet, and move and replace large objects for better cleaning.
The national average cost to clean water damage is $2,109.00. The national average cost to remove mold is $2,162.00.