Water damage is one of the top causes of home insurance claims in the United States. With the recent flooding in many areas, there’s little wonder people are worried about the long-term effects of a flood. While many people understand that restoring a flood-ravaged home could cost thousands of dollars, not everyone understands the emotional toll it can take. Here’s how a flood could affect you and your home in the long run.
1. Structural Problems
A heavy flood not only weakens the house’s structure but can potentially separate it from the foundation. If the water has penetrated deep enough, it could break, move, or shift foundation pilings. Debris that’s carried into the house can damage the home further.
Heavy rain can seep through the roof and damage the underlayment and roof decking, causing it to deteriorate. Similarly, strong winds accompanying heavy rains can cause the shingles to crack.
2. Monetary Problems
A flood can damage electrical appliances like HVAC systems, water heaters, and refrigerators. If the damage is extensive, you may have to replace other belongings like carpets, furniture, and fixtures. Flood water can contaminate drinking water and clog the septic tank filler. You’ll need help from a professional restoration company to get your home back to normal.
3. Emotional Problems
If the flood caused injuries or loss of life, it could take a long time to recover from the emotional turmoil. Even for those who’ve been lucky enough to escape unhurt, the emotional damage can be devastating. People often complain of mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and symptoms related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after a flood.
4. Health Problems
Mold and mildew begin to grow within 48 hours of flood damage. If not addressed immediately, they can cause various health issues, including a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and aggravate asthma.
Selling a Flood-Damaged House Can Be a Problem
Buying a flood-damaged home is risky. Prospective buyers may be wary of possible structural problems and safety issues such as mold and unsound walls. If you need to sell your home, sell it to a real estate investor.
At Cash Buyer Lubbock, we buy homes irrespective of their condition and location. You don’t have to worry about closing formalities or junk removal either. We’ll take care of everything.