Many of us know that flooding can wreak havoc on properties of all sizes, but we also underestimate them until we experience them firsthand. Floods can happen to anyone anywhere, in addition to coastlines and flood zones.
If your home is flooded at any time, it’s very important to stay away from the water as it may contain harmful bacteria or mold. But while it’s impossible to prevent flooding altogether, there are steps you can take to prepare that can limit as much damage as possible.
21 Flood Facts
- Flooding can result from a number of causes, including: melting snow, heavy rain, hurricanes, tropical storms, pipe bursts, broken dams, flash floods, land development, and more.
- While some floods occur more often in certain areas, called flood zones, flooding can occur anywhere.
- Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States.
- Land construction and development increases the risk of flooding due to removing the grounds that would usually soak up the water.
- Homes in flood zones are less expensive.
- Flooding is not included in homeowner’s insurance.
- It can take up to 30 days for flood insurance to take effect.
- According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), just 1 inch of water can result in over $10,000 of damage.
- According to Floodsmart, a home of 2,000 square feet that suffers 1 foot of water damage can result in over $50,000 worth of damage.
- Flash floods can be as deep as 10 to 15 feet deep.
- Only 6 inches of water is needed to knock you over.
- Only 2 feet of moving water are needed to pick up and float a car away.
- Properties not located in flood zones make up to 20% of claims filed through the National Flood Insurance Program and 33% of federal disaster assistance.
- Flood waters can hide harmful bacteria, sewage, sharp objects, and other dangerous hazards. Never enter flood waters without proper clothing.
- Deserts can also experience flooding due to the inability of hard soil and rocks to absorb rain water.
- Power lines that have been knocked over in flood waters, giving them a charge that can be fatal.
- Floods are responsible for about 82 deaths each year, making it one of the deadliest disasters in the U.S.
- Flooding results in over $8 billion of damage each year.
- Flash flooding can occur in all 50 states.
- You can check your risk of flooding with flood hazard maps.
- If you have a 30-year mortgage, there is a 25% chance that your home will experience flooding at least once.
The facts provided above are intended to increase the general awareness of flooding as well as the damage it can cause. Please use this information to take the precautionary steps during a flood warning and get you and your family to safety as quickly as possible.
Flood Damage Restoration
While flooding cannot be prevented, the damage incurred afterwards can be limited. As long as water is present, it has the ability to spread to other building materials and cause additional damage, in addition to mold growth. This is why immediate action must be taken after a flood to have the standing water extracted as soon as possible.
ServiceMaster of North Texas
If you live in the Dallas, TX area and have been affected with flash flooding, don’t hesitate to give us a call at ServiceMaster of North Texas. Our professionals are trained and hold years of experience in flood and water damage restoration. We will not only restore all building materials and personal contents, but peace of mind as we work quickly and effectively to return your property to its pre-damaged condition.
Our representatives are also happy to work with your insurance provider, providing a detailed scope of work to assist with the claims process. Finally, you can look forward to a completely restored home or building.
Call ServiceMaster of North Texas at (972) 840-8888 for immediate water damage restoration in the Dallas, TX.