How Water Damage Can Strike
Coastal Storms Can Bring on Water Damage
Living in a coastal area can be comfortable and relaxing in many ways, but can also come with some risks as well. Residents of Wilmington have to be ready for floods, hurricanes, and heavy storms, in addition to physical water disasters. Even properties on high ground are not immune to water damage and flooding. Knowing about the different types of water damage that could harm your property is the first step in mitigating the damage from disasters.
Hurricanes and Large Storms
A large portion of Wilmington water damage cases results from hurricanes and storms, due to proximity to the ocean and significant potential for tropical storms to move in. Although many homes are built with heavy winds in mind, exterior, and interior water damage can still result from any storm with heavy rain and wind. Large amounts of rainfall can flood houses and stain their walls and floors, and heavy winds can peel off roofing materials and blow objects through walls and windows, opening up the room to the elements. There is little to be done about these storms, aside from ensuring your safety by getting to a shelter or at the very least holing up in a bathroom or safe room.
The rivers and streams that swirl around Wilmington may be prone to flooding during a storm, causing significant damage to properties along their banks. Also, consider that intruding groundwater is contaminated with chemicals, pathogens, and organic debris. If your home is located on or near a river, consider taking precautions to have valuables placed six to twelve inches above the ground to avoid significant loss in the event of a flood.
As with locations across the country, water fixtures can also malfunction or incur damage, leading to potential disaster for your property. Water lines and fixtures inside and outside of your home may rupture or fail, causing mild to severe water damage in portions of your home. Make sure that all water lines and fixtures in your home are relatively new and in good shape to avoid most of the damage associated with these disasters. Periodically inspect visible plumbing lines and couplings. Inspect hose drain lines from the washing machine and dishwasher every six months.
SERVPRO of New Hanover has been a trusted locally owned and operated franchise for years now, and has serviced many local clients with water, flood, fire, and mold damage repair and restoration services. If you require assistance with cleanup and repair of any water damage in the area, please don't hesitate to call us at (910) 762-8180 for fast 24/7 service.