Flood in the House – Why the Big Hurry to Dry it Out?


Whether a frozen pipe, sewer backup, or malfunctioning appliance or snow melt flowing into the basement, damaging water tries to come uninvited into our dry homes.

Regardless of the source, clean or dirty water, or if insurance is available to pay for the cleanup and dryout process, it is up to the homeowner to take “reasonable and prudent steps to secure their property from further damage.”

We sympathize and will do everything possible to help you get quickly beyond a really trying and disruptive experience.

Of the various disasters that can occur in a home or business, water damage escalates the fastest in terms of both cost and potential for hazards to health. Rapid response is critical to keep a small flood from turning into a huge mess needing expensive demolition and rebuild.

WITHIN MINUTES…Water spreads quickly to adjacent areas, across vinyl floors to carpets, drywall and cabinetry. Furniture dyes, books, and valuable papers may be immediately ruined by moisture absorption and subsequent swelling.

WITHIN HOURS…Furniture and hardwood flooring in direct contact with water swells and splits. Drywall swells and begins to disintegrate. Paneling warps. Odors from hydrated bacteria and other micro-organisms becomes obvious. What may have begun as clean water spilling is soon contaminated and unsanitary.

WITHIN DAYS…Wood and other porous materials will exude a characteristic ‘musty’ odor as mold spores germinate and spread. Internal components of furnaces, pianos, computers and other appliances malfunction with increasing humidity and condensation. Metal surfaces begin to corrode. Veneers expand and peel. The subfloor beneath vinyl and tile floors swells as does nearby door and window casings. Water is wicking up inside of the wall cavities on wood framing and sheetrock. Allergic reactions and health stresses affect occupants having respiratory problems or compromised immune systems.

WITHIN WEEKS…Mold is destroying or badly discoloring organic materials, including affected woods, drywall, paneling, carpets. Hardwood floors buckle and heave. Costs escalate dramatically as the prescription for repair includes gutting the structure- and tearing out and replacing basic components. Cabinets and most fabric furnishings will need to be hauled to the landfill. Health and safety hazards are severe and evacuation is advised.

So,the obvious strategy if water invades a structure is to quickly begin containing and mitigating the damage. Protect all occupants from any hazards including wet electrical components. Insurance companies require their insureds to ‘mitigate the damage’ or coverage can be denied. Mitigation reduces the costs, often considerably.

Restoration work includes mitigation, coordination and completion. Floodco’s certified technicians will take necessary steps to dry the structure and contents back to pre-flood condition using state of the art equipment and know-how. We’ll communicate the process with your insurance company representatives and assist them in managing your claim at all times.

If you would like to have our number handy in case of a household disaster, please make a note of our phone number: 406 892-1717 or just ask, we’ll be happy to send you a refrigerator magnet and information on our menu of remediation services.

Posted by Lloy. Comments or questions are welcome at lloy@floodco.net.