Major Differences Between Storm Damage and Flooding
Storm and Flood Damage: What's the Difference?
Storms and floods can wreak havoc on businesses in Phoenix, AZ. While both storm and flood damage can have devastating effects on a business, it can be useful to know the differences between the two types of damage.
1. High Winds
When a storm occurs, high winds can damage a building. Occasionally, high-speed winds can accompany flooding, but high winds are usually associated with strong storms or hurricanes. If you know a storm or a hurricane is likely to affect your business, there are measurements you can take to protect your building from high winds such as boarding up your business’s windows.
2. Mold Growth
Though it is possible for mold growth to occur if a storm with heavy rain occurs, it is significantly more likely that mold growth will appear after flood damage rather than after storm damage. Damp building materials, such as wood or drywall, help to create the perfect environment for mold to grow. Even though mold growth cannot always be prevented, you may be able to prevent the mold from growing after a flood by quickly drying your building and keeping the building well-ventilated by opening windows.
3. What Part of the Building Is Affected
Depending on the severity of a flood or a storm, different parts of a building may be affected. Storms with high winds can cause interior damage, but more commonly badly damage the exterior of a building, tearing off shingles and siding and causing windows to break. Flooding can cause structural damage to a property, which can potentially affect the business’s interior and exterior. It may be helpful to contact storm and water damage experts if your building has sustained either interior or exterior damage.
Understanding the differences between storm and flood damage can help you to prepare your business for either type of disaster. While high winds are more likely to occur with storms, mold growth is more likely to occur with a flood and often, storms and floods affect different areas of a property.