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Saltwater and Your Home by the Beach

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane Florence Flooding Downtown Swansboro takes on a large surge of water from Hurricane Florence. Many establishments suffered damages.

Carteret County is vulnerable to both sound-side and ocean-side flooding. Many homes are located within minutes of the Atlantic beaches and are often in the path of severe weather, which includes hurricanes and tropical depressions. Areas adjacent to the Bogue Sound (including Morehead City) may experience minor flooding in low lying areas during high tide events coupled with strong onshore winds. Hurricanes that approach from the south or southeast and make landfall between Wilmington and Cape Hatteras bring the greatest danger of flooding.

Saltwater can be extremely corrosive to what it comes in contact with such as cement and bricks. Many structures are composed of wood or wood byproducts. Lignin is a glue-like substance that helps hold the wood structures together. When lignin meets saltwater, the lignin is broken down at a rapid rate. The affected wood or wood byproducts are weakened and could potentially collapse. Electrical components have been exposed to salt, the metal can corrode, which leads to shorts and other problems as well.

Saltwater can cause mold because the salt tends to retain water at a higher rate than non-saltwater. The affected areas need to be flushed with clean water to remove the salt, then pumped away and dried completely. Inspection is necessary to ensure there is no damage before repairs or restoration take place.

It is pertinent that one uses a professional mitigation and remediation company, like SERVPRO, when experiencing saltwater floods to your home or business and belongings. If your home is a victim of water damage, it doesn’t matter how handy you are—you need to call in a trained and skilled professional to mitigate. SERVPRO technicians are equipped to handle the challenge and be there immediately to restore your home.

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