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Water Damage Cleanup in Clifton, NJ and Some Useful Tips on How Dry Flood-Proofing Can Be Used to Prevent Water Damage

June 17th, 2016 · No Comments

Flooding can cause a lot of damage to your property and to your belongings. However, you can reduce the extent of the damage by hiring a firm to provide water damage cleanup in Clifton, NJ and throughout northern New Jersey immediately after the floodwaters recede. In addition, by taking certain measures such as dry floodproofing your home, you can further reduce or completely stop floodwater from entering your home.

In the following sections, we will look at what dry floodproofing is and how to implement it.

What is dry floodproofing?

Dry flood-proofing is a solution to prevent water damage.

It consists of completely sealing any openings under the flood level in your home’s exterior to prevent floodwaters from entering your home.

However, flood-proofing is a practical option only if:

  • The flood depths are comparatively low (generally not more than two to three feet high).
  • The building’s walls are constructed of poured concrete or masonry.

What is required to achieve dry flood-proofing?

Some of the tasks to be performed to achieve dry floodproofing involve:

  • Covering all the openings under flood level.
  • Sealing all exterior walls.
  • Protecting interior sections of the house from seepage.

What modifications are necessary to accomplish dry floodproofing?

You can implement dry floodproofing using sealants, shields, and drainage.

Sealants: Sealing becomes necessary to prevent leakage, since the wall materials used in most homes are not completely resistant to water.

Sealants come can be in the form of asphaltbased coatings or polyethylene films, with asphaltbased coatings considered to be the more effective of the two.

Shields: These flood barriers are normally placed over wall openings (like windows and doorways).

The type of material used for making these shields largely depends on the size of the opening that needs to be covered.

Usually, strong materials like steel or heavy gauge aluminum plates should be used to make shields if flood depths are anticipated to be two to three feet and the openings to be covered are more than three feet wide.

Drainage Systems: Some amount of leakage is possible during longer-lasting floods. In addition, sealants are not capable of stopping under seepage (which refers to water migrating downward into the foundation).

Thus, it becomes necessary to install a drainage system to remove any water that enters your home through leaks in the sealant and water that has accumulated in the foundation.

If your home has suffered water damage due to flooding and you’re looking for a firm to perform water damage cleanup in Clifton, NJ, and across northern New Jersey you can rely on ServiceMaster Metropolitan to complete this task efficiently and effectively.

Our technicians have the required certification, experience, and equipment to clean up water damage of any severity.

Let us know about the problem you’re facing by calling us at 1.855.560.7999 and we will send a team of restoration professionals to assess the extent of the damage and start cleanup and restoration work.

 

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