Water Damage Restoration in Birmingham
The historic rainfall of 2014, and the water damage in Birmingham left in its wake from flooding and sewer backups, is still fresh in everyone’s minds. Even before this, communities in the Detroit area were dealing with an increase in storm activity and thus flooding, since 2009. Birmingham was no exception. Water Damage Restoration in Birmingham soared after the rainfall in 2014.
Water Damage 2014 Was the Worst Birmingham Residence Have Seen In Years
The water damage in Birmingham 2014 was the single worst thing to have ever hit this city that affected so many homes and businesses. Sewers backed up as high as 4’ in many Birmingham basements.
On that August evening in 2014, it’s estimated that in excess of 4.5 inches of rain fell on Birmingham in just four hours.
That in turn resulted in many flooded basements, wet homes and a lot of water damage restoration for so many. The entire Birmingham community came together as neighbors helped each other with cleaning out their basements as well as sharing some tears.
Water Damage in Birmingham Damaged Many Personnel Contents.
Floodwater coming in too quickly can, of course, lead to collateral property damage when appliances or personal items are ruined. But once the water has been pumped out, the real culprit is still lurking behind the scenes. Moisture trapped in walls and ceilings can lead to rotting, with the end result being a loss of structural integrity and bad smells. But at the same time, something worse is taking hold in those damp areas: mold. The potential for mold is what made the water damage in Birmingham so dangerous.
Common contents that were destroyed in Birmingham
- Televisions & computers
- Washing machines & Dryers
- Furnaces & Hot water heaters
- Wet carpet & wet pad
- Dry wall & paneling
Mold From Water Damage in Birmingham Was Widespread
Small amounts of mold are present at any given time in all houses and buildings. This isn’t a problem if a place is dry and properly ventilated. But excessive moisture levels in walls, carpet, and even furniture, as a result of flooding is a prime breeding condition for mold.
Unfortunately many households did not have a “backup of sewer or drain” rider on their insurance to cover basement flooding and as a result many of these homes were not professionally restored.
Certified water damage companies in Birmingham use equipment that identifies where hidden moisture is and can easily dry it with drying equipment. Without such equipment there is a likelihood that trapped pockets of moisture will become breading grounds for mold.
More than a dozen types of mold thrive in excessively damp environments inside houses, and can potentially cause severe allergic reactions, lung inflammation, and respiratory infections. Water-damaged drywall, insulation, wallpaper, carpet and fabrics, and wood surfaces could harbor mold varieties such as aureobasidium, cladosporium, fusarium, and trichoderma, and stachybotrys chartarum. Stachybotrys is the worst of the bunch. The compounds it produces, called mycotoxins, are known to cause chronic respiratory problems, and even fatigue and depression.
People already prone to allergies, or who have asthma or a compromised immune system, are especially at risk from the hazards posed by mold. This is why it’s so important to enlist the help of a professional company that has years of experience in water removal, flood damage cleanup, and carpet cleaning.
Consider Us For Water Damage Restoration in Birmingham
Action Extraction has been serving Birmingham and other communities in the counties of Macomb, Oakland, and St. Clair for more than 26 years. We will provide immediate, 24-hour emergency floodwater removal, as well as sewage cleanup and sump pump backup restoration.
If the water is rising in your basement, Action Extraction can handle it. Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction. Call us today!
All of our Birmingham Technicians are:
- IICRC Certified in water damage restoration
- Clean cut, uniformed, professional and courteous
- Highly trained having managed over 100 projects
- Drug Free / alcohol free and tested regularly
- Full time and are in their chosen career
- Standing ready to respond to all flood emergencies