Impact Of Heavy Rain On Properties

Thursday 10th November 2022

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Heavy rain can cause a lot of damage to properties, from flooding basements to clogging the pipes.

Knowing what the main causes are can help you take measures to prevent excess flooding. It is best to be prepared in the event of water damage, as it can be costly to repair.

ICE Cleaning is a leading provider of flood damage cleaning services, carrying out everything from water extraction to drying programmes. Operating 24/7, 365 days a year, it's technicians can reach you in just an hour in the event of an emergency.

For more information about the impact of heavy rain on properties, check out our blog.

Destruction to the roof

The impact of lots of rainfall on your building can be widespread. Over time, shingles could become cracked or fall off the roof completely, leaving your building more liable to flooding. 

Additionally, if your gutters are clogged, then water will not be able to flow away from the property correctly. This could lead to a collection of water on your roof, which is not what you want. 

If you suspect an issue with your roof, you will need a professional to come and help you out with this. They can check for problems with shingles, issues with gutters, and any other signs of damage.

A contractor will assess for things like black grit, which is an indication that your roof tiles are wasting away. 

Clogs in your pipes

In heavy rainstorms, there is a possibility that leaves, dirt and debris could block your pipes. This could result in a backflow and damage to your belongings. In the event this happens, you will need to get a plumber to have a look.

Contaminated water is detrimental to human health, as it contains harmful gases such as methane and hydrogen sulphide. Have a read of our blog to find out some of the main ways to prevent sewage back-ups.

If you are looking to move house and want to know if it is an area that is prone to flooding, there is handy tool provided by the Government that allows you to check the local flood risk.

It is also a good idea to check your garden for trees that are positioned near pipes, as their roots could cause damage to pipes under the ground. 

Cause flooding in the basement

This is a problem many households face when hit with heavy rainstorms. Any holes or cracks in the foundation can cause flooding in the basement, which can lead to possessions being ruined.

To prevent this, slope the garden or driveway away from the building where possible, to stop water collecting near the bottom of your property.

Get a contractor out to have a look at problems with the facade of the building too, and ensure regular maintenance is carried out. This can save you money by catching issues in the early stages.

It's important to to implement preventative measures, as flooding in this area could affect your electrics. This creates both a fire risk and a threat to human health, which you will want to avoid.

Lead to issues with the building's foundation

When you experience a lot of rainfall, soil at the base of your home contracts into your building and could lead to flooding. You may also notice mould developing, which is difficult to remove and needs specialist teams to effectively treat. 

After the soil has contracted, cracks could begin to form in the building's foundation. This makes you more prone to flooding, so get any issues looked at straight away.

During warmer weather, this is not so much of a problem because soil tends to expand away from the home and doesn't place as many constraints on the structural integrity of your building. 

At ICE Cleaning, we are flood damage cleaning and mould removal experts. Mould growth is incredibly common following water damage, and can cause numerous issues for your building and the health of its inhabitants.

Following all of our mould remediation services, we apply our innovative technology ICE SHIELD®. This is a combination of fogging technology and a persistent technology, and helps to protect against harmful bacteria and viruses for up to 28 days. Ask a member of our team about this when you get in touch.

Contact us now

To find out more about the flood damage restoration we offer, call us today on 0208 066 0360 or email us on enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. Our dedicated customer service team work round the clock to provide you with support.

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