Posted in: Water Damage Repair
Dallas water damage this spring has been pretty extensive from severe weather conditions. The April storms earlier in the year accounted for much mayhem and destruction throughout the metroplex. In addition, baseball sized hail pummeled Dallas and surrounding areas on Wednesday, June 13th, causing considerable property damage. Luckily, no serious injuries were reported. However, many residential and commercial properties experienced structural and roof damage. Large hail, about 3 inches in diameter, smashed car windows and windshields. Furthermore, power was down in about 6000 houses in several communities throughout Dallas. Damages are estimated in the millions of dollars.
The Dallas metroplex has seen severe damages from stormy weather in 2012. Tornados, floods, hail, and rainstorms struck and damaged structures, making them more vulnerable to moisture and incoming water. Severe weather conditions often cause extensive property damage, both exterior and interior. Sometimes, structural damage is so severe that the building is in danger of collapse. Leaning walls, sagging roofs and unusual bulges in the exterior of the structure indicate that it may be dangerous to occupy or even walk into.
Following severe weather, property structural and water damages are likely, so caution must be exercised in entering visibly altered buildings. Consulting a knowledgeable restoration company or a structural engineer is advisable if there are any doubts as to building safety. Thankfully, Dallas has professional water damage restoration experts and engineers that can be called upon for their expertise in assessing structural integrity.
The whole perimeter of the property needs to be examined for indications of damage. Cracks in the exterior and around windows and doors indicate structural damage. In addition, the foundation and wall joints should also be checked to make sure they have not separated.
The roof should be checked for any missing or damaged shingles as well as loose nails. Also, the ridge cap, flashing and gutters need to be checked after storms for possible damages.
The attic is prone to water damages from the roof and external walls. It should be checked for leaks, wet insulation, stains or mold following rainstorms, hail and strong winds.
Strong winds, large hail and lashing rain weaken the structural integrity of a building and enable moisture to wreck havoc with the property. Stains, discoloration or mold on walls or ceiling indicate water damage. A possible cave in is likely with a bulging or sagging ceiling, which indicates pockets of pooling water. Other tell tale signs of interior structural water damage are cracks in walls and poorly fitting doors and windows. Moreover, structural shifting can affect electric circuits, as well as gas and water lines, potentially making the property dangerous to inhabit.
Gravity ensures that water damage affects flooring significantly during floods and severe storms. Water extraction and drying are often necessary, as carpets and rugs end up soaking wet. Wood floors can warp and buckle and may need a lengthy drying process. If not professionally treated in a timely and effective manner, flooring materials may become contaminated with mold and other pathogens. Furthermore, as the clock continues to tick, flooring may become unsalvageable.
Content, such as furniture and personal belongings, may be water damaged and adversely affected by debris and pathogens during and after severe storms. Items will need to be evaluated one by one as to what can be restored and what is best discarded. Luckily, content restoration technology has been evolving rapidly in the last ten or so years to successfully salvage electronics, furniture, books, documents, artwork and other items.
Severe storms may cause significant exterior and interior structural damage, requiring water extraction, drying and cleanup, debris removal and repair. A professional water damage restoration company should be contacted to inspect the affected property and assess damages as soon as possible because it is important to make sure the building is made safe and livable again. Flood cleanup crews can make the necessary repairs as they attend to both structural and aesthetic damage restoration.