Another Case of Water Damage Ogden

download (6)It is with extreme reluctance and a heavy heart that the Home and Garden Top 100 blog must report the existence of water damage Ogden this week. The water damage happened to a house in Ogden late on Monday evening. The water damage seems to be the result of heavy rains and the resultant flooding. Rising waters began to surround the house around 6:00 Pm in the evening. The inhabitants of the house did not see a reason to leave at that time but their anxiety levels were clearly rising. By 8:00 PM the water had risen to a level where it became apparent that the family should seek higher ground.

FAMILY ESCAPES WATER DAMAGE OGDEN

The family left their house around 9:00 PM with as many possessions as they could pack and carry with them. They found accommodations in a nearby town and waited out the rains. On the following day they returned to the house to assess the damage. Unfortunately the water seems to have inundated the first floor of the house as well as the basement. At first glance there appeared to be minimal structural damage. The most significant damage was to the sheet rock in the walls of the first floor.

The carpeting and wood floors on the first floor and in the basement will have to be removed and replaced. Obviously the saturated sheet rock will have to be removed and replaced as well. As of yet there does not appear to be any significant mold issues but that is always a concern after a house has undergone water damage. A mitigation crew has been assigned to the house. This crew will remove the damaged materials and deploy fans and heaters to dry out the affected areas of the house. By all estimates it will take a month or so to return the house to its pre-flood state.

A Conversation with a Home Owner who’s House Suffered Water Damage

decorative gravelI understand your house suffered some water damage. Can you describe what happened and the damage it caused.

HO : Sure Jim. Yesterday it rained for ten hours straight. Now, our roof was in need of repair apparently and water leaked in. Some of my furniture and carpet got soaked. It is unclear whether there has been any structural damage. The room is smelling a little musty so there might be mold growing in there but I’m not certain about that.

What steps did you take to mitigate the water damage Utah?

HO : Well, we ripped out the carpet and cut out the section of dry wall that got soaked. We then put some fans in the room to dry them out. We will also have to get the roof looked at and see what kind of repairs will be needed there.

Did you call a contractor to come out and inspect the damage?

HO : We did. They have not gotten here yet but they claim they will come within twenty-four hours of the time the house suffers water damage Utah.

What will they do when they get here?

HO : Like I said, they will assess the damage and then take steps to fix the damage. We already did some of the work like ripping up the carpet, cutting out dry wall and setting up the fans. If we were not as handy as we are then I suppose they would have done all that. The next step is to find out whether there has been any structural damage. If there is then the cost of repair will be significantly higher.

You will probably have to get the insurance company involved if that is the case.

HO : Definitely. Not sure if the cost of repair will exceed the deductible without structural damage.

The Science of Water Damage

The water molecule is composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom bonded together. It is the oxygen in this combination that is the reason water damage Utah will occur to houses and other structures. This is true because the oxygen atom within the structure of the water molecule has valences or the ability to bond to other atoms and molecules. When the oxygen atom bonds to other atoms or molecules it will change the atomic structure. This is the process by which water will cause metal to rust and wood to rot.

Water damage Utah also occurs to houses and other structures because water is an essential ingredient for life to form. This is also because of the valences available in the oxygen atom within the water molecule. This allows the oxygen to bond with the carbon atom which also possesses more valences than the typical atom. These extra valences allow carbon and water to form complex molecules with many different types of atoms. Life seems to be only possible through the formation of complex molecules. Mold and other life forms capable of damaging houses and other structures come into being through this matrix.

Water is neither good nor bad. It is a fact of existence. The behavior of water and the damage it can cause to houses and structures is simply a function of its molecular and atomic structure. Therefore when water damages a house or structure it is important not to take it personally. Rather, a homeowner must simply take the steps necessary and possible to mitigate and fix the damage the water has caused. Perhaps this admonition is easier said than done. Sadly, these steps are necessary within the reality in which we exist. Such is the nature of the imperfect material existence in which we find ourselves.