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3 Differences Between Storm and Flood Damage

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

Entrance of a building flooded Flooded building in Houston, TX

Differences Between Storm and Flood Damage

While they both involve water, there is quite a bit of difference between flood damage and other damage caused by storms. These differences can influence the way that the situation needs to be handled. If your building in Houston, TX, has been affected by either of these, you should keep the following distinctions in mind.

1. The Type of Water Involved
There are three categories of water that range in contamination levels, with Category 1 being clean and Category 3 being highly contaminated. A large portion of storm damage will involve clean water. However, flood water will always be Category 3. This is because, as the water rises, it mixes with dirt, debris and sewage that contains waste and bacteria.

2. Insurance Coverage
Because flood damage can be expensive to repair, insurance companies do not include it in their basic policies. If you want to ensure that any damage is covered, you will need to purchase a separate flood policy. This is an especially good idea if you are in a location that floods often, but it can be useful in any area.

3. The Cleanup Process
Flooding can cause a lot of damage to the structure of your building as well as the items it contains. It can contribute to mold growth and other secondary damage. When Category 3 water is involved, it can be even worse. Because the water is highly contaminated, it can be more difficult to clean any materials that have absorbed it. You may need to throw out and replace items that could have otherwise been repaired.
Whether your building has been affected by flood damage or another type of water damage, you should have it removed as quickly as possible. A cleanup and restoration company can do this for you. They will perform mitigation to prevent the damage from spreading and will make any necessary repairs. Once the process is complete, your building will look as good as new.

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