We had Tropical Storm Debbie roll through Florida a few weeks ago and really surprise everyone. Debbie dumped a tremendous amount of water in Florida. Our office fielded over 250 calls from homeowners that had flood damage in just a week. For almost everyone that called, much of the damage was localized to one or two rooms. We did receive one call though about an entire shopping plaza that was underwater.
Many of the homeowners that had water damage had no idea that anything was wrong with their home. We were asked a few questions, #1 How in the world did the water get into my home? #2 What steps could I have taken to prepare my home for heavy rainfall?
The first question we can usually answer pretty quickly, since we also do leak detection inspections. So we show the homeowner where the water is coming in and how to fix the problem.
There are some steps you can take to prepare your home against an onslaught of water. Here are a few.
#1 Inspect the outside of your home for stucco cracks. In Florida, many houses (especially newer homes) have stucco finishes on the outside. Every home, no matter the builder, WILL have settlement cracks. I’m talking small cracks, not something you can fit a pencil in. You would be shocked at just how much water those small seemingly insignificant cracks can let in. It’s enough to soak the insulation inside your wall, soak the backside of your drywall, and wet your carpet and pad. Seal those stucco cracks before the rain comes!
#2 Clean out those gutters! Clogged gutters can wreak havoc on your home. Gutters are designed to collect and push water away from your home. If your gutters are clogged, water can back up against the wood fascia and over time cause it to rot out. Excess water pooling up against the side of your home can also lead to foundation cracks. This can be a very costly fix!
#3 Check your Weather Seals This one is pretty self-explanatory. If the weather seals are broken or missing expect to have a lot of water come into your home! We have seen entire homes flooded because of missing weather strips on the front door. Don’t let this happen to you. It’s very easy to replace weather stripping, check yours today.
If you do have water damage in your home, make sure you have it cleaned up quickly. Water damage left unchecked can quickly become mold damage. Many people attempt to dry up water damage by themselves, instead of hiring a professional. If you want to spend much more money in the long run, try to do it yourself first. It’s not as simple as just drying what you can visibly see. Walls can be dry to the touch, but be completely wet inside. Our thermal cameras pick up this hidden moisture so we can address it.
We perform water damage cleanup, mold remediation, mold testing, and water damage inspections throughout Tampa, St.Pete, Clearwater , Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakeland, and all the small cities in between.
As always, if you have any questions about storm damage restoration, call the experts at DRIRITE for fast 24 hour emergency service. (813) 283-2202