Having your home flood while you are on vacation may not be on the top of your vacation anxieties, but it is something that you should be aware of. Sometimes it may not even be your fault if your home floods, but it is very important to make sure that you are completely covered by your insurance company, in the case that a disaster does happen. In some cases the house can nearly be a total loss, the damage becomes even worse when the house is two stories and a large flood begins upstairs and damages both the top and bottom floors.
The way that this water damage job probably began is when the city was working on the pipes and shut off water to the house, when they were done and turned the water back on it caused a significant amount of pressure to come through the lines causing them to blow. Unfortunately for the case of the family in the scenario, they were out of town on vacation when this happened. The flooding went on for four days until a neighbor noticed water pouring out of the garage and down the street. Typically flooding will cause damage to the bottom floor of a home, that is because water must usually rise to cause damage to upper levels. That was not the case for this home in Anaheim Hills, because the flooding issue began on the second flood and from there it caused significant damage, until it was able to leak to the bottom floor or break a hole through the ceiling. In the case of this home in Anaheim Hills, parts of the ceiling did collapse causing more damage. The fire department had to be called out to shut off the water to prevent the flooding from continuing. Once the water was shut off, we were able to begin our work. We ran across one very dangerous situation in this home, the wires to the family’s computers had been on the floor and water got into the outlets and fried the power outlets. The power outlets had to be shut off before we could begin the work. (One tip that you should take away from this job, is that you should keep your power plugs and outlets off the flood in case of a flood. More damage could have taken place had a fire began.)
The drying out process for this home will be over a week long on its own. We have to be careful to make sure that the house is completely dry so that no mold will appear from this flood. We also have to make sure that the wood in the framing of the house is still safe to support the home. Such significant damage to a home could lead to other problems down the road and that is why we have to make sure that it is done properly, so that the family is safe.
For a serious job like this, you need a company that you can trust! You do not want your family exposed to mold and the other dangers that can come from a house that was not properly restored after a flood. For a company that you can trust, contact American Emergency Restoration and Reconstruction Services. We are here to help you with your restoration needs!