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Warm Spells during Winter can cause Flood Damage to Properties in Wildwood Lake

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

A wall being demolited and restored Flood Damaged Wildwood Wall Demolition

Water Seepage Can Result in Surprising Damage

Winter can be a beautiful time of the year, with the crisp white background brightening up the trees in the nearby forests. While this scene can be one that reminds many of winters past, the water is hidden in the ice and snow can also quickly melt, turning into water. If your home is in an area that typically receives some runoff in the spring time when the snow melts, you should be aware that this can also happen if there are warmer periods during the winter months.
In Wildwood Lake, flood damage can occur even in the winter time. An area that has snow but then receives a great deal of sun on a windless, warmer-than-normal day can become warm enough to melt the snow on it. This melted snow, which might now be muddy water, can become a problem if it enters your home. While it will not be as deep a flood as what you might experience in the spring, this extra water can still cause you problems if it enters your home.
Because this is not a torrential flood, you might not even know about it until it is too late. Small floods like this can enter through basement windows that have been left open for ventilation on warm days or because you're working in the basement, sorting and organizing things for your family. Alternatively, the caulking on the basement window could be old and faulty, or the glass has areas where it is cracked. It could also find its way inside through an open door, seeping in under the kitchen flooring.
With any flood or any size, the floor is always affected. The relationship between the speed with which the water is removed and the floor is returned to a dry state, and a number of damages experienced later are an important one to remember. When homeowners wait to repair even minor flood damage, they can often find themselves with an increased level of damage to their homes, even in areas that weren't affected by the actual water. Water does not disappear on its own – it only changes its state.
When water first enters, it can cause damage by discoloring the items it contacts, by weakening drywall so that it eventually crumbles, and also by inundating materials in your home with pathogens. Water that is allowed to stay around because it seems to have dried up on its own can create problems in the form of mold within the other areas of your home. These other areas can also experience other types of secondary water damage – swelling walls, buckling floorboards, sticky photograph collections, and doors and drawers that don't want to close correctly.
Higher than normal levels of moisture can cause all those and more. When your sunny spot on the nearby hill has caused you a streak of grief, don't worry. At SERVPRO, we have got this, and many others, type of emergency covered. We will get your home dry again, and back to its normal self.
Call SERVPRO of Bradley County at (423) 614-5552, anytime, day or night, and we will get started in making things “Like it never even happened.”
Warm Spells during Winter can cause Flood Damage to Properties in Wildwood Lake

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