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Safety Hazards of Flood Damage in Mill Basin Basements

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

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Finished Basements of Mill Basin Properties Are Heavily Damaged by Flooding

Your home's finished basement can be as susceptible to flooding as any other property in the area, so it is necessary to know what to expect. Unsafe conditions after floods can include:

  • Standing water
  • Shock hazards
  • Infestation
  • Contamination and pathogenic threats
  • Structural weakness

Structural Damages

Perhaps one of the most considerable safety concerns after flood damage in Mill Basin homes is the direct impact on structural integrity. Sagging or damaged building elements is a hazard, so our team works fast to implement controlled demolition practices to help.

Utility Concerns

Moisture and electricity do not mix, and you cannot rely on standing water to short out a live power supply. When shock threats could exist, it is crucial to proceed with caution. Similarly, harm to elements like the gas or water lines could add another layer of damage as cleanup and restoration continues.

Contaminants and Debris

Health threats are also directly linked to possible contaminants and solids brought in with the intruding floodwater. Natural flooding is typically considered a category three loss, making it a biohazard cleanup incident because of the unknown variables and likelihood of exposure to decaying organic matter, sewage, and chemicals.

Standing Water and Mold

Another concern for the property and the well-being of those exposed is any standing water in the structure. Water can hide many dangers, especially infestation concerns or live animals that could be brought in with the powerful rush. In addition, this lingering moisture can make it hard to prevent mold and microbial development. As the structure gets cleaned, repaired, and dried, mold damage must also be addressed.

There are multiple pressing safety concerns after flooding damages homes in the area. Infiltrating floodwater poses immediate challenges for restoration and recovery and can cause house occupants to be displaced. The fast response of our SERVPRO of Mill Basin, Flatlands team to help begins with a phone call to (718) 381-3271. 

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