Recent reports on the impact of climate change have brought about concerns labeling Miami and South Florida as prime areas set to be impacted by the steady rise in sea levels over the last few decades.
When people hear about these reports, they may instantly think of clips in Hollywood movies where homes are swept away under the ocean, but there are other concerns worth mentioning. In low-level coastal areas around the country, it’s common for high tidal seasons and storms to cause some level of coastal flooding. In Miami, we see this yearly around the time of the King Tide.
However, as water levels rise, coastal floodings happen more and more often, sometimes without warning, from storms or high tides. This adds another layer of concern for Miami residents and business owners, as they may see repeated instances of flooding throughout the year instead of one massive one.
This means that your Miami property is exposed to some of the more subtle effects of flooding and water damage. Here are some key examples.
Where water damage and moisture go, mold is sure to follow. Mold can begin developing as quickly as a few days after a flood, and can spread in areas that are difficult to reach, like behind drywall. On top of its unsightly appearance and smell, being exposed to mold over long periods is detrimental to your health. People who are sensitive to it may experience eye irritation, stuffiness of the nose, or skin irritation.
Flooding or other heavy water damage causes soil to expand. This pushes against the foundation of homes, and given time or enough water, can end up causing cracks in the foundation. This foundation damage can also manifest in other ways, like leaks or bowed walls.
Unlike other sources of water damage, flooding brings debris, silt, and other various materials into your home from the outside. This causes a number of potential issues. For one, you don’t know what that debris has come in contact with, and the presence of pathogens or chemicals may render your home temporarily unsafe, even if the floodwaters aren’t very deep.
In addition, there’s the potential financial burden of having to pay to get the debris removed, as well as any of your items that may have been contaminated by it.
This is an issue that’s unique to Miami because of its geographic location, but it poses major issues if flooding becomes more common in the area. Much of the ground underneath South Florida is made of limestone and compressed ancient reefs.
What this means is that as the water rises and floods become more common, saltwater comes up through the ground as well as from the ocean. This is a major concern, as saltwater can get into drinking-water reservoirs or kill plant life intolerant to salt, including Miami’s famous palm trees.
Statistically speaking, climate change and other issues are increasing the chances of Miami home and property owners to deal with flooding on a regular basis. This means that the chance of the flooding after-effects happening on your property is only set to increase.
As a result, make sure you know who you can reach out to for help and support. Total Care Restoration is an IICRC-certified flood restoration services company serving the Miami area. This means we have the experience and skills necessary to help you take care of all key aspects of flood restoration to make your home safe and liveable once again.
Call us for a free, no-obligation consultation.