Winter Flooding: How it Happens and What to Do Next

ldr-floodingWhen you live in a colder area of the country, flooding is often a fact of life. Heavy snowfall melts and leads to flooding and water damage around your property as the temperature rises. Read on to learn more about the common causes of flooding and the steps you need to take towards water damage restoration once your home has flooded.

The Most Common Causes of Winter Flooding

Ice jams and melting snow are two of the most common causes of flooding in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. These areas are prone to heavy snowfall for many months out of the year, and when temperatures rise, that snow melts and becomes water. If your home is poorly situated, water can easily flow down into your foundation and basement, resulting in costly damage. Ice jams can even cause flash floods that lead to severe damage within a short amount of time. In some cases, heavy rainfall combined with snow can result in flooding. An ice jam occurs when a thick layer of ice forms on a nearby stream or river. Once the ice begins to melt, a large chunk of it can cause a jam against structures such as bridges, resulting in an overflow. An easy way to prevent water damage during a flood is to winterize home features such as your roof and foundation with waterproof sealants.

Minimize the Damage

The first step to take after a flood is to minimize the damage. Remove boxes, excess clutter and furniture that has had contact with water or mud. Moist clutter and furniture can easily mold, resulting in costly damage and potential health issues. In some cases, furniture can be saved after water damage. Contact professional water damage restoration experts to find out if your items can be salvaged after a flood.

The Cleanup Process

Immediately after a flood, you should contact your home insurance company to find out what is covered. In some cases, your insurance may cover your total repair and replacement costs. Take photographs of the damage so you can receive compensation for any eligible repairs. A thorough record is the key to getting your insurance company to cover any flood-related damages that occur. Once you have documented the issue and contacted your insurance company, it is important to remove the excess water from your home. It may not always be safe to remove the water yourself. In such cases, you can contact a reliable restoration company to help you dry out your basement and begin the restoration process. Leaders in Disaster Restoration has been proud to serve homeowners in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin since 1991. With a team of skilled restoration experts and the quality equipment it takes to get your home back in top condition, Leaders in Disaster Restoration makes the cleanup and restoration process as quick and easy as possible. Call today at (888) 874-7066 for more information on restoring your home after a winter flood.
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