Can Flooding Interfere With The Energy Efficiency of My Kent House?
SERVPRO Has Extensive Experience Resolving Flood Damage Related Issues in Kent Homes
If you always worry about the home maintenance expenses you are likely to incur in the future, you are not alone. Many homeowners worry about the uncertainties posed by unexpected repair bills. Even after resolving the initial damage caused by flooding, other problems can keep cropping up, later on, causing inconveniences and costing more money. For instance, certain factors from flooding can bring down the energy efficiency levels of your Kent home, leading to higher bills.
Which aspects of flood damage affect energy efficiency in Kent Homes?
• Damage to insulation leading to loss of R-Value
• Foundation shifts preventing doors and windows from sealing properly
• Problems with heating systems such as furnaces
As the floodwater spreads around the Kent property by wicking through materials or other processes such as evaporation and condensation, it affects various materials, including drywall and insulation. In most cases, the restoration of damage caused by floodwater involves making flood cuts a few inches above the visible water line on the walls to remove the materials soaked directly by the water. However, moisture migration might extend beyond the visible water line, thus affecting other materials.
How does moisture affect insulation?
Different types of insulation react differently to water exposure. For instance, cellulose mattes when wet, fiberglass may not change physically, while mineral wool may develop rust. Apart from the physical changes, water also affects insulation in other ways, thus diminishing its effectiveness. For instance, the resistance or R-value is temporarily or permanently lost when the insulating material accumulates moisture because water is a better conductor of heat than air.
Our SERVPRO technicians inspect walls thoroughly using penetrative and non-penetrative moisture meters to establish the true moisture spread patterns. In case you have fiberglass insulation, we can restore its full protective capabilities through drying. For other types, we might need to remove and replace all the wet insulation to ensure your property remains energy efficient.
How does a shifting foundation from flooding cause energy inefficiency?
Flooding increases the hydrostatic pressure in the soil, which pushes against the foundation of your structure. Foundation shifts can occur depending on factors such as the soil type or the time it takes for the floodwater to recede. The level of shifting differs, so in some cases, it might be pronounced while in others, it might only be slight. A slight shift can leave gaps around exterior doors and window frames, but since it is not an obvious problem, signs like cracks or sticking doors or windows may not develop, so you might not notice immediately.
Our SERVPRO technicians are aware that such shifts happen after flooding events, so we inspect all openings leading to the exterior of the house for signs of misalignment. In case we notice a problem, we can advise you immediately so that you involve a building contractor who can help fix the problem.
Does flooding cause severe damage to furnaces?
When considering the effect of flooding on energy efficiency, you should not forget the source of the heat. The heating system has several constituent parts, including:
• Air ducts
• Electronic boards
• The furnace
There are four prominent types of furnaces used in heating systems:
• Oil furnaces
• Natural gas furnaces
• Electric furnaces
• Propane furnaces
When the HVAC system is exposed to floodwaters, various damages can develop, including clogging with dirt, corrosion of electronic components, damage to valves and other controls, or breaches to the refrigerant system. One this that is even more worrying is that the system may look okay from casual observation and might even run when you turn in on. However, it is crucial to have it thoroughly inspected to establish which parts may require replacement to guarantee its proper functioning or even to prevent pre-mature failure.
Since flooding situations differ, you might not be sure whether you need to involve a professional HVAC technician. Our SERVPRO crews can help you make the right decision by considering the dominant factors in the flooding incident that affects your property. We inspect the layout of your system and then consider the depth of the floodwater that breached your property. If we establish parts of the system were submerged, we try to estimate how long they remained submerged, then we can advise you on the best course of action. If the damage caused by flooding is addressed in time, your HVAC system can continue performing optimally, allaying any fears you have about energy efficiency.
A flooding incident can cause long-term problems such as higher power bills or discomfort. SERVPRO of Kent can help resolve any issue that might trigger such an outcome, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (253) 850-1500.