Five Types Of Floods That Threaten Your Home

water damage restoration columbusNot all floods affect homes equally. In practice, there are several different types of flooding, each with its own unique challenges and threats. Our water damage restoration professionals at Restoration 1 of Columbus are trained to deal with the fallout from all different types of flooding. 

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Here are five of the main types and the unique dangers they pose for your home.

River Flood

River flooding can occur year-round and occurs when water levels rise over the river banks. Some of the main triggers for a river flood are excessive rain, thunderstorms, ice dams, and large snow melts. These can all provide enough excess moisture to allow the river water to flow over the river banks. River floods are especially dangerous because they are composed of river water which may contain all kinds of different bacteria and contaminants. Contact with or ingestion of contaminated floodwater can lead to serious disease or illness. Do NOT attempt to clean up river water from your home unless you are sure directed by experts that it is safe for you to do so.

Coastal Flood

Coastal flooding occurs as a response to high rainfall, strong winds blowing landward from the ocean, and high tides. Some places near the coast experience coastal flooding events multiple times a year. The good news if you live in one of these areas is that you should be prepared for flooding. The bad news, of course, is that you may have to deal with disasters like this often. 

Storm Surge

A storm surge is arguably the most dangerous type of flooding. Storm surges are abnormal rises in water levels in coastal regions. They are caused by a combination of strong storm winds, waves, and low atmospheric pressure. Storm surges can form extremely quickly causing tides to reach as high as 20 feet or more. It’s important that you follow the news closely during a storm so you can be warned if a storm surge is imminent.

Inland Flooding

Inland flooding occurs when rainfall accumulates over several days or during intense rainfall over a short period. While inland flooding is typically not as dramatic as coastal flooding, it can be just as devastating since inland areas are less prepared for flooding than other regions.

Flash Flood

A flash flood is caused by heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time, generally less than six hours. Flash floods are usually characterized by raging torrents after heavy rains that rip through river beds, urban streets, or mountain canyons sweeping everything before them. They can occur within minutes or a few hours of excessive rainfall. They can also occur even if no rain has fallen, for instance after a levee or dam has failed, or after a sudden release of water by a debris or ice jam.

No matter the type or intensity of the flood you are dealing with, our water damage restoration professionals at Restoration 1 of Columbus are here to help you through it. Don’t hesitate to give us a call for any water damage issues you may have.