Salt water flooding is one of the more damaging types of floods that can affect a home or business.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) October 25, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the country, is offering tips to property owners on how to handle salt water flood damage. Salt water flooding, while most often found in coastal areas, is one of the more damaging types of floods that can affect a home or business.
Salt water has much higher sodium content than fresh water, and in cases of flooding due to hurricanes or tropical storms, may cause severe soil erosion, as well as a degradation in the quality of the soil that is affected.
Salt water may also act as a corrosive agent on structural members, such as wood supports. This makes it necessary to begin a water restoration process as soon as possible in order to prevent the structure from becoming compromised.
Salt water also causes issues with electrical wiring, components, and switches. All electricity should be shut off until the system can be flushed, repaired, and approved by a licensed, professional electrician.
Salt water also can be a source for mold growth, since mold does not differentiate between salt and fresh water.
Salt water damaged areas will need to be repeatedly flushed with fresh water, and even then salt levels will need to be monitored for an extended period of time to make sure that sodium levels remain within acceptable limits.
If mold becomes a problem following salt water flooding, then be sure to follow established mold removal procedures. Property owners should retain the contact information for their local flood damage restoration company.
Based in Cleveland OH, RestorationLocal.com is one of the leading water damage restoration companies in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed. More information on water damage prevention and treatment can be found at their website.