How flooding can damage your property

Posted on October 18, 2018 in Building Maintenance


It seems obvious, but the biggest consequence of a flooding is water damage.

Too much water in the wrong place not only destroys possessions, but also causes further damage if it’s left standing in your property.

The duration of the flood and the height of the water can determine how much damage it creates, but it’s not only about the physical impact on materials.

Bacteria, mould and viruses from standing water can trigger allergies and lead to disease – so it’s also a huge health hazard.

Other problems include:

  • Structural damage
  • Contaminated drinking water
  • Electrical risks
  • Sanitary hazards
  • Gas and heating systems
  • Disease from standing water
  • Foundation damage
  • Bacteria, mould and dampness
  • Personal possessions ruined
  • Discolouration and rot
  • Drainage and sewage systems
  • Humidity in the air
  • Damaged crops and plants
  • Pests attracted to rubbish

All of these issues are bad news, but perhaps the biggest consequence of having too much water in the house is foundation damage.

Water travelling at 10 miles per hour has the same force as wind travelling at 270 miles per hour. The impact of this moving water (both inside and underneath the home) weakens the property structure and can separate it from its foundation.

Here are some common signs to look out for…

  • Doors and windows not shutting properly
  • Bricks in your outdoor foundation have cracked
  • Cracks in door frames, walls, ceilings and floorboards
  • Foundation outside has moved from the level of the garden
  • Large tears in wallpaper
  • Sloping floors
  • Garage door no longer closes to meet the ground
  • Gaps between walls, ceiling and floor

Although it’s important to document the damage caused by flooding, it’s equally important to keep safe. So if you’re unsure about water and foundation damage and the possibility of hidden dangers, seek a professional evaluation.

For information on our flood services please call one of our friendly team on 0845 604 1288 or visit Flood Damage Repair & Restoration.

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