new way to spell water disaster or floodWhether you live in Ocean City, Maryland; Hampton Hills, Alberta (Canada); or Bossier City, Louisiana, the flood will find you. And when it does, it can leave you with years worth of damage, not to mention credit cards bills and bankruptcy.

Various news stories of lavish and beautiful mansions drowning in murky waters, or sitting empty a year later, looking abandoned and still reeking, with ‘stalactites of feces and mold hanging from the beams’ as one homeowner described it . . . will inject fear into anyone’s heart.

For that reason, maybe, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has published a guide stating which materials are best used in certain situations.

It’s interesting because even safe materials, when combined with unsafe products such as adhesives, become undesirable. For instance, vinyl tile is an acceptable surface but if it’s applied over plywood it becomes unacceptable because there’s no way for the plywood to dry after a flood. Even oil-based paint can inhibit drying of a wooden wall.

That’s when you call the professionals at United Water Restoration, to make sure the situation is handled so there are no surprises and no adverse effects on the occupants’ health or safety.

United Water Restoration Cleans Up the Mess after a Flood

FEMA says the following are not permitted in flood-prone areas:

  • Normal adhesives which are water soluble or not resistant to alkali or acid in water
  • Materials containing wood or paper products, or other materials that lose structural integrity when exposed to water
  • Sheet-type floor or wall coverings (linoleum, rubber tile, wallpaper) that inhibit drying of the materials they cover
  • Materials that are ‘dimensionally unstable’— for instance, a door jamb that swells and does not return to its original size
  • Materials that retain excessive water after they’ve been submerged.

We have so much more to lose . . . .

flood-damagedHomeowners tell us there is no greater devastation than seeing the home that you’ve worked so hard to buy, build or furnish destroyed by a quick-moving flood. The fact that the flood could have been caused by something as innocuous as a leaking pipe behind the washing machine makes the destruction seem even more senseless.

FEMA’s classification was based on the fact that a home constructed with the vulnerable materials may harbor mold, other fungi or allergens; that materials may absorb chemicals and continue to exude them even after the house has been thoroughly dried. In addition, water renders some materials more susceptible to rot. These are just a few of the many aftereffects of a flood.

United Water Restoration Should Be On Speed-Dial

The UWR team has been trained to respond, swiftly and knowledgably. There’s a reason why FEMA and the EPA recommend consulting with professionals in the wake of water damage.

Back in the day (as they say), houses were made of straw, stone or brick. If they weren’t blown down or burned up, they were abandoned by the time the children were grown. Today. the American home is our castle. It reflects our lives, interests, loves, travels, hopes and memories.

Let’s hope you are not the victim of a home-destroying event. But if it happens, don’t panic. Keep our number handy: 800-430-5838. We’re here 24/7 to answer the call.