How Water Damage Impacts a Home and What Can Be Saved
An extraordinary amount of Americans are currently dealing with water damage and the aftermath of flooding. Texas and Louisiana still have a very long way to go as the damage was tremendous and is still just being assessed. Later Florida, and now Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are dealing with catastrophic loss, not to mention many of our neighbors in the Caribbean.
As the Washington Post writes:
The damage to the houses is going to be tremendous,” said Jean-Pierre Bardet, a geotechnical engineer and dean of engineering at the University of Miami. Thousands are beyond repair. Often, however, a waterlogged house can be saved. “A high water depth doesn’t mean the home is destroyed,” said Claudette Hanks Reichel of Louisiana State University’s Agricultural Center, who has written disaster recovery material for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “But if a house was already structurally compromised by decay, termites or very poor construction, then the flood could be the last straw
So what does water — not a small leak but a major deluge — do to a house?
The article then goes on to discuss the step-by-step affect that water damage has on a home along with visuals and tips as to what can and can’t be saved.
Image courtesy of Washington Post
The article concludes with tips on recovery. Read the whole thing here. To learn more call Delta today. We’re happy to answer any questions you’ve got and help you get things back to normal.