While springtime in Oklahoma means more comfortable temperatures for residents, it also comes with severe weather. This in turn means that homeowners are at an increased risk of sustaining property damage from wind, rain, hail, tornados, and flooding. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 percent of all wind and storm damage claims in Oklahoma occur in the spring. These types of storms can wreak havoc on your property, so if your home recently suffered water damage as a result of a springtime storm or flood, it is critical to speak with a restoration contractor who can quickly assess and begin addressing the damage as soon as possible.
Tornadoes, strong winds, and storms can cause serious damage to a person’s property. One of the most severe types of damage, however, is caused by water. Severe thunderstorms are common during the spring months in Oklahoma. Many of these storms lead to major floods, which pose a serious risk to properties in the state, especially in urban areas where development and removal of local vegetations has increased runoff.
Water damage can occur quickly. In fact, within minutes, flooding can lead to water being absorbed into the walls, floors, and upholstery. After a day, drywall begins to swell, furniture beings to crack, and a musty odor will start to spread. After 48 hours of flooding, mold and mildew will begin to grow, while doors and windows will swell and warp. Paint may also begin to blister and wood floors may start to lift away from the subfloor.
Flooding can also lead to foundation failure. This is especially common in Oklahoma, as the local dirt is often full of clay and so tends to shift, expand, and contract during heavy rains. When the ground settles unevenly beneath the house’s concrete slab, the foundation may begin to crack or buckle. For this reason, it is a good idea for homeowners to keep an eye out for some telltale signs of foundation failure, such as:
- Cracks in the sheetrock in the walls and ceiling;
- Gaps appearing between the ceiling and the walls or the walls and the floor;
- Cracked or uneven floors;
- Windows that are difficult to open;
- Doors that drag or stick;
- Cracks in the brickwork on the exterior of the house; and
- Sagging rooflines.
These signs are good indicators that flooding has led to the deterioration of a house’s foundation and that immediate steps should be taken to forestall additional damage.
Removal and Restoration
To help avoid more permanent water damage our emergency services team will begin the process of water extraction by using powerful pumps and vacuums to remove the excess moisture from the property. It may also be necessary to remove the carpet pad and even the carpet itself if the subfloor has begun to show damage. Finally, our team uses a series of air movers and dehumidifiers to evaporate any remaining moisture. After cleaning the floors, walls, and any damaged furniture, we will focus on odor removal and deodorization by using antimicrobial, antibacterial, or disinfectant treatments.
Contact us Today to Speak With an Experienced Restoration Services Contractor
If your home has sustained water damage, please contact Dason Fire & Water Restoration, Inc. at 918-379-0390 to schedule a consultation with a member of our dedicated emergency services team.