Tips On When You Need Water Damage Restoration

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When you need water damage restoration

As a homeowner, you always want to take every step possible to try and protect your property and valuables. Water damage can be a threat to both, and manifest in several ways. For example, a small drip of a leak may end up causing a water stain on the floor, or piece of furniture, if left unattended over time. A leak from the roof going into the drywall could end up becoming a home for mold. Flood water from outside could bring all kinds of dangerous bacteria in the home. All of these are water damage, and yet, all require different approaches.

With this said, when exactly do you need a full-scale water damage restoration, and when is it enough to simply let things dry out? Here’s a guide on when to know the difference.

The Signs

In general, a good rule of thumb when it comes to water damage restoration is if you wouldn’t drink the water that is causing the damage, then you want to bring on professionals. There’s a big difference between water coming from a sink in your home and black water from a flood. In some cases, you need specialized equipment to even be in the house, let alone do any kind of work. If you can pinpoint exactly where the water came from and know that it’s no threat to you, you may be able to move some valuables around and do a little bit of drying work yourself.

However, this only applies to the smallest of spills. If there’s uncertainty on the source of the damage or exactly where the water is coming from, always opt for water damage restoration. Or at least a consultation. Part of this, again, is about making sure that you are safe. However, you don’t want to use a half measure also. If you have a leak that leads to a water stain, and you just clean the stain, you’re not really fixing the problem. Part of water damage restoration is being provided a thorough look at your home to determine the cause, as well as fixing the effects.

The Next Step

After you’ve decided that water damage restoration is what you are looking for, the first thing you should do, even before looking for a provider, is taking a look at your insurance policy. Different home insurance policies provide causes for water damage from different sources. For example, if there was a sudden pipe failure, your restoration may be covered by insurance. However, something like a flood would require separate flood insurance. Taking this extra step will give you a better idea of the true cost of your water damage restoration.

After this, you can start looking for a provider. Note that when it comes to making a final decision, there are three main things to look out for:

  • Professional certification
  • A strong background of past clients
  • Experience dealing with your type of water damage.

No one wants to try and end up paying extra for services that they don’t need, but there’s a fine line between a small water stain and serious water damage, with serious ramifications. If you find that the situation in your home or property is a borderline one, you’re better served to get a consultation from water damage restoration professionals to figure out the nature of the job.

At Total Care Restoration, we not only believe in doing the most for our customers in the Miami area, but we’re also IICRC-certified. This means that when it comes to water damage restoration, you’re getting the top options in terms of handling both small and major water damage incidents.

Water Damage Restoration Pricing Explanation

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What Goes Into Pricing For Water Damage Restoration

What Goes Into Pricing For Water Damage Restoration

Common sources of water damage, like a heavy rainstorm or a flood, generally represent a financial hardship for home and property owners. For one thing, water damage restoration is usually accompanied by different services that you may need at the same time, like repairing siding in heavy winds or removing mold after flooding. Because of this, one of the biggest barriers that keeps people from doing restoration work (even if they really need it) is the price.

However, even for those in financial straits, you don’t want to cheap out on water damage restoration. Here’s a guide on what you can expect to pay, how contractors arrive at those numbers, and what you can do to try and save money in these scenarios.

The Numbers

Every water damage scenario is different. Sometimes, you may just be paying for a minor stain fix in an easily accessible area. In other cases, you may need to go deep into the drywall in order to do the restoration work. Because there is a lot of variance, the average price of a full water damage restoration for one basement (roughly 700 ft) is going to be $2,700. However, that price could go under $2,000 or as high as $7,000. How can one job change its costs so much? Here are some facts to consider.

Square footage: This is a pretty obvious factor? The larger the room or space that you need to have restored, the more you have to pay.

Where the water is: As alluded to before, in situations where water damage is behind a wall or in a place that’s not easy to reach, the contractor may need to remove portions of the room to effectively dry things out. This additional process may be reflected in the price.

Additional repair: A lot of the times, the biggest expense driver when it comes to water damage restoration is repairs for what the restorers need to do to access that water. For example, you will need to pay to get your drywall or carpet restored if the contractor needed to go through it to get to the water.

Hazard equipment: In some cases, like heavy flooding, dangerous water, like black water, may be present in the home. Anyone doing work in the home needs to wear protective equipment, and generally take a longer, more cautious process before the drying can begin.

If this sounds overly expensive, it’s important to remember exactly what goes into a water damage restoration. A full restoration generally includes multiple contractors working in your home, to remove standing water, decontaminate the area, dry out the area, and remove anything that is beyond salvaging. This means you are paying multiple professionals for their time, as well as for their specialized drying equipment to dry out the room.

Is There A Way To Save?

Unfortunately, a lot of the time, you’re at the mercy of how water damage started in your home when it comes to how much you actually have to pay. A clean burst pipe where water only gets on the floor won’t cost you much. Recovering after a flood in your basement can be a great deal more expensive. The best thing you can do is try to react quickly.

For example, after a rainstorm, be sure to look around your gutters and foundation to look for leaks. The faster you act, the less time you have for water damage to develop. Similarly, if you suspect a flood is coming, try to move as many valuables to higher ground as possible.

While it’s always important to adhere to a budget when it comes to home projects, for something like water damage restoration, you never want to race to the bottom. It’s well worth it to pay a little more for the peace of mind and protection of working with a company that has a proven body of work, as well as past customers that can serve as references.

For those in the South Florida and Miami areas, Total Care Restoration makes a perfect match. Not only do we believe in doing the most for our customers in the Miami area, but we’re also IICRC-certified. Along with affordability and free consultations for those on the fence, we also provide the expertise to make sure your money is well-spent.

The In’s and Out’s of Water Damage Restoration

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As a resident of Miami or South Florida, chances are that you’re quite used to the water, whether it’s due to plenty of summer rain or simply enjoying the ocean. However, this proximity to the water and the balmy Florida conditions come with a greater risk of water damage compared to other parts of the country.

Water damage can have a variety of potentially dangerous side effects, whether it comes violently through a flood or subtly through a roof leak. The silver lining here is that there are a lot of tools and options at your disposal, as well as water damage restoration professionals to help in the areas you can’t work on yourself.

Water Damage and Why You Need to Act Quickly

One thing that we should talk about when it comes to water damage is the fact that not all types of water damage are alike. For example, there are different classes of water that can come into your home, each requiring different approaches:

  • Category 1 – water generally comes from broken or leaking appliances and is generally safe for human contact. While you may still need professional restoration help, you can clear out standing water before the professionals arrive.
  • Category 2 water can come from areas like broken water or sump pumps and should not come into contact with the skin without protective gear due to microorganisms.
  • Category 3 water, also known as black water, is extremely dangerous due to the presence of bacteria. Floodwater and sewage water are common class 3 examples.

If a home is affected with category 2 or category 3 water, it’s no longer a safe place to live due to the presence of contaminants in the air, as well as on whatever the water has come into contact with. In these situations, you need to invest in water damage restoration to be able to enter the property and use it again.

But what about category 1 water when the water isn’t a source of danger?

While it may not be a health issue in and of itself, even these lesser instances of water damage can cause problems. For example, it only takes a few days for mold to grow in moist areas. Mold in the air can potentially cause health issues over time, especially for people with sensitive respiratory systems. There’s also the risk of things like furniture or carpet needing to be replaced after prolonged contact with water, even relatively safe water.

For home and property owners caught in this situation, it may be tempting to try and save money when this happens by doing the job yourself, but the truth is that this mentality causes more issues than it solves (What To Do Before A Water Damage Professional Visits). This is why it’s important to determine the methods you can do ahead of time to reduce the impact of water damage versus what happens when the damage occurs and you need professional help.

Methods to Mitigate Water Damage

If it’s not safe for people to work around water-damaged areas on their own, what options do they have to protect their home? There are a few ways: in some cases, lowering the risk of common water damage issues, and others, lowering the risk of the impact that water damage can have when it does happen.

If you are a home or property owner, your best bet is ensuring you are regularly inspecting your home. Most of the time, water damage can be avoided. For example, if a gutter is clogged due to plant matter, this can cause leaks in the foundation or roof, which, in turn, can cause water damage. However, simply taking the time to inspect the gutters and make changes every now and then can be enough to keep this from happening. Similar attentiveness can lower the risk of other issues like burst pipes or roof damage after a storm.

Depending on your home, you may even be able to creatively landscape your home in order to minimize the risk of smaller-scale flood damage. Setting your yard to slope down and away from your home will keep excess water from pooling against your foundation during heavy rains. Granted, this may not be possible for every homeowner to do, but for people who plan on settling in South Florida for a long time, it may be worth looking into.

Besides lowering water damage risk, you can also work reduce its impact. Examples of this include taking the time to protect your valuables by bringing them to elevated levels of the home or putting them in a waterproof container. If you have a basement and the necessary funds, it’s not a bad idea to invest in a sump pump. These won’t completely remove water damage in the area, but they can cut down on the amount of standing water and the potential health hazards it causes.

Finally, for South Florida residents, there is a greater risk of heavy water flooding compared to other parts of the country. What many home and property owners may not understand is that your average homeowners’ insurance policy does not cover flood damage in many cases. Note that some insurance policies can cover water damage such as a burst pipe, or other sudden issues that don’t stem from neglect or lack of maintenance. So, for example, a long-time leak caused by a clogged gutter would not be covered by many insurance policies.

This is why it’s important to make sure that you invest in a proper flood insurance policy. Flood restoration professionals will work with your carrier in order to get insurance to cover their services, but only if you have a proper policy. It may be a good idea to talk to your insurance carrier to figure out what type of water damage you are qualified to have covered.

Preparing to mitigate water damage does not mean neutralizing it. In some cases, you are going to need water damage professionals regardless, so you want to make sure you and your home are ready for their help if needed(5 Quick Tips You Need To Know In Staging Your Home for Water Damage Restoration).

Choosing Your Water Damage Restoration Professionals

The water damage restoration process involves a lot of important components, and you want to make sure you have professionals that can take care of all of them.  (The ABC’s of The Water Damage Restoration Process). The number one reason for this is there isn’t a lot of regulation in the water damage restoration industry, and in areas where flooding is common, there is a risk of water damage restoration scams. These providers generally offer a lower price to people in need, do a subpar job, and then disappear before there’s any chance of reprisal. How do you avoid that happening to you?

One of the best places to start is to look for accredited professionals and only work with them. For example, at Total Care Restoration, we are certified by the IICRC, one of the most prominent and respected organizations for restoration professionals. If you’re looking for a baseline for professionals, an IICRC accreditation is a good start.

In addition, depending on the scope of your water damage, you may want to work with a company that has a variety of different related services rather than just one specialty. For example, after a heavy flood that resulted in you needing to leave a property for a while, you not only will likely have dangerous standing water but also heavy mold. Many restoration companies can dry out the home as well as provide mold remediation, but you want to check first. 

Other things that you want to ask about when looking through water restoration professionals are things like their liability insurance or past clients they can refer you to. These are all about making sure you choose a professional who is transparent and will protect your property.

Finally, when it comes to pricing, you need to understand that there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. After all, water in your drywall requires a lot more effort to get to and fix compared to a waterlogged carpet. When you work with a professional, it’s important to make sure that they only give you a price after a proper inspection.

Working Through Water Damage Restoration 

Part of the reason why we go through all these steps in order to help find the right water damage restoration professionals is to make sure the job gets done correctly. When you are talking to different companies and deciding what you want, it’s important to understand all the major steps of water damage restoration, and make sure that restoration professionals are doing their due diligence here.

This all starts with the initial inspection, where water damage professionals assess the condition of your home to determine the extent of the water damage as well as come up with an estimate for the restoration. At Total Care Restoration, we offer free inspections in order to help our clients at this stage in the process.

After the inspection, the next step is to remove any standing water. This is particularly important in the case of flooding, where there may be a lot of category 3 water remaining. Not only does this remove the excess source of moisture, but ensures the home is safe for people to work in.

At this point, we get into the nuts and bolts of the restoration. Depending on the scope of the restoration, the affected room or rooms will be sectioned off, then treated with dehumidifiers and large fans in order to dry out the excess moisture in the room. As this goes on, professionals will also be looking at damaged items like furniture, and either work to dry them off or dispose of them if they are beyond saving. When the drying process is over, there is generally a final cleaning that includes sanitizing and odor treatments to get rid of the last remnants of the water.

As a final step, many water damage restoration professionals will offer a consultation after their work is over. The purpose of this consultation is to go over exactly what led to the water damage if it’s something more subtle like a leak or foundational issues. In addition, your water damage restoration professional will go over things you can do to minimize the risk of water damage and its impact returning (How To Keep Water Damage From Returning In Your Home).

Using TCR for Water Restoration Services

When the time comes for you to work with water restoration services, it’s essential to make sure that you are working with the best. Not only do you want to make sure that your home is completely covered, but you also want the insight and expertise to ensure that this won’t become a recurring issue for the property. This is especially important for many people in South Florida and coastal areas. Dealing with flooding is becoming a more frequent occurrence, and this is compounded by the many other potential sources of water damage, like leaks or burst pipes.

To fix existing issues and lower future risk, contact professionals like Total Care Restoration. Not only do we believe in doing the most for our customers in the Miami area, but we’re also:

  • 5-star rated on Yelp
  • IICRC certified
  • BBB A+ rated

This means we have the skills and expertise to provide water damage restoration services for property owners, as well as help them prepare for some of the causes of water damage for future instances. Our customers also trust us to diagnose different issues and repair foundation, leaks, mold infestations, and other side effects of flooding and severe water damage. Reach out to us today for a free inspection.


5 Tips For Staging Your Home For Water Damage Restoration

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By deciding to use water damage restoration versus clearing out the damage yourself, you’re making the smarter choice. However, while drying out your home and clearing out any contaminated items is best left to the professionals, there are a few things you can do ahead of time to make the process easier for everyone involved.

Here are some of the things worth considering.

Knowing your coverage

All water damage is not alike, at least, not in the eyes of insurance companies. For example, your general homeowner’s insurance policy may cover something like a sudden burst pipe, but not a leak that slowly develops over time. In addition, water damage from a natural disaster like a flood generally requires an entirely separate policy. Water damage restoration professionals will work with your provider to help cover some, if not all, of their services, but you need to make sure that you’re adequately insured.

Minimizing further risk

If you know the source of the water damage and have the ability to cut off water to the offending appliance or area, make sure that you do it. There’s no need to run the risk of additional water pooling or causing further damage while you wait for the initial inspection.

Set aside time for the inspection

In general, the more thorough the professional is with their initial inspection, the better it is for you and your home. This additional effort ensures that they catch every single area that’s taken on extra moisture, and also discover the cause of the water damage if it isn’t obvious (a leak in the roof or foundation, for example).

However, depending on the size of your property, this can be a time-consuming process. As a result, make sure that you give them enough time to do their work, as well as ask any relevant questions about the inspection and restoration process.

Take notes

Take note of things that strike you as sources of concern before the professionals come to your home for the inspection. Letting them know about something means they can take a look right away. For example, the mold has a very distinct, musty odor. If you enter a water-damaged home and detect the smell, make sure to bring it up when restoration services arrive.

Clear outstanding water to a point

We put a major emphasis on the maybe here, as not all water is alike when it comes to water damage. In general, if you’re absolutely sure that the source of the water damage is from a sink or bathtub, and nothing else, then you can use something like a wet-dry vacuum to do a little bit of clearing up ahead of time. Anything other than that is best left to the professionals. Floodwater and similar types of water are often rife with contaminants, so you don’t want to risk becoming sick by trying to clear it out yourself.

Of course, when it comes to preparing your home for restoration after a flood, burst pipe, or other cause of severe water damage, the single most important step is choosing the right company to work with.

Total Care Restoration is a water damage restoration company that not only believes in doing the most for our customers in the Miami area, but we’re also IICRC-certified. This means we have the skills and experience to take care of all key aspects of water damage restoration, bringing your home or property back to its regular functionality and appearance.


How To Keep Water Damage From Returning

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After the dust has settled and your water damage restoration is done, probably one of the first things on your mind is how you can avoid being in the same situation again. Not only is there the obvious expense of paying for the restoration (unless you have insurance that covers it), but there may also be the quieter toll of seeing your property and valuables potentially damaged or destroyed.

The silver lining here is that there are a variety of different steps you can take to reduce the risk of this happening again.

Protect your valuables

Most of the time, irreplaceable items like family photos or other valuables are lost to flooding or water damage because of a lack of knowledge that water could even get to them. This is why it’s important to take the time now to make sure they are as safe as possible. Make sure that you invest in a waterproof container for these documents, and try to keep them on a higher level of your home.

Know the different sources of water damage

Situations that cause water damage can be avoided if the property owner takes the time to take yearly inspections of their property. For example, roof leaks can commonly be caused by gutters getting clogged or damage to the roof. Checking these areas minimizes the risk of large leaks developing, which can lead to water damage.

Invest in a sump pump

For people who live in areas like South Florida where flooding is a risk, it’s not a bad idea to consider buying a sump pump for the basement. While this may not completely negate the effects of water damage, it is a way to mitigate it, which could lead to less costly restoration next time.

Have a flood response plan

People who live in flood zones should take the time to come up with a plan in case they are in the path of the rising waters. For smaller floods, this should include a plan to protect any valuables and wait out the storm safely (shutting off electricity, keeping food where it can’t be contaminated, etc.). For more serious occasions, an evacuation plan and checklist is also worth coming up with.

Set up a sloped yard, if possible

In some cases, creative landscaping can cut down the risk of water damage. For example, by setting up a yard that slopes downward and away from your home, you lessen the risk of excess moisture seeping into your home’s foundation during periods of heavy rain.

One essential step that everyone needs in order to prevent water damage from reoccurring is education. While professionals are needed to restore water damage, much of what we’ve been talking about are best practices you can implement yourself. After paying for water damage restoration, it’s often common for the contractors you work with to provide a brief consultation about what the root cause of your problem was in the first place.

However, not all water damage restoration companies offer this service, so you want to make sure you work with the best.   is a water damage restoration company that not only believes in doing the most for our customers in the Miami area, but we’re also IICRC-certified. This means that we have the skills and experience to help you take care of all key aspects of water damage restoration, bringing your home or property back to its regular functionality and appearance.


The Water Damage Restoration Process

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Right after a heavy Miami flood or instances like a burst pipe or water heater leak, it can be difficult to fully take in the scope of the water damage. Expensive items and irreplaceable valuables may be damaged, and the only step that’s left is to try and bring your home or property back to its original state.

When skilled water damage restoration professionals do their work, they take a painstakingly detailed and thorough approach. Here are some of the key steps that they use in order to make this happen.

The Inspection

If you are looking for water damage restoration and someone gives you a flat price without an inspection, look elsewhere. This first step is also one of the most crucial, when professionals look at your property to determine the full scope of the water damage. This is done not just through visual inspection, but via a set of specific tools that fully measure moisture content. These include hydrometers and even infrared cameras, in some cases. An inspection may also include an additional check for issues commonly associated with water damage, like mold or leaks.

Water Extraction

Depending on the source of the water damage, you may still have standing or existing water in the home that needs to be removed. Certain sources of water, like seawater or sewage, can be dangerous to come into contact with without proper equipment, which is where this step comes in. The tools used here can vary, from industrial wet-dry vacuums to pumps in cases where there is an extreme amount of water. By removing all existing water, it’s possible to move on to the next step of the restoration safely.


With standing water removed, the next step is to dry out the remaining moisture in the water-damaged areas. This is generally accomplished with a combination of dehumidifiers and air movers to keep a constant flow of hot, dry air into the room. The dehumidifiers are especially important because they can minimize some of the common side effects of prolonged water damage, like swelled and warped furniture and walls. While this is going on, professionals will continually look at the moisture levels to ensure the room is properly dried out.

Containment and Disposal

This step goes hand in hand with drying. As water damage restoration professionals go through room to room, they will work to keep the dry, hot air restrained to the room they are working on. This helps it dry more efficiently. In addition, if there are debris and damaged items inside the room, this will give them time to see what is salvageable and what is contaminated. Garbage and unsalvageable items will be properly disposed of to ensure no one comes in contact with potential contaminants.


After the water is fully removed, some parts of the room may still need formal cleaning, like furniture, clothing, and other items. The final step of a water restoration will generally include sanitizing treatments as well as odor removal.

As you can see, a full water damage restoration process is not a quick fix, but something that requires state-of-the-art equipment and painstaking attention to detail to carry out properly. This is why it’s essential for you to partner with the top companies to have this work done. Total Care Restoration is a water damage restoration company that not only believes in doing the most for our customers in the Miami area, but we’re also IICRC-certified. This means we have the skills and experience to take care of all key aspects of water damage restoration, bringing your home or property back to its regular functionality and appearance.

The 2025 Miami Flood We Thought About

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Miami 2019

Preparing for the 2025 Miami Flood

A few years ago, headlines expressing concern over climate change suggested that coastal cities around the world were at risk due to rising ocean waters. Two of these areas of concern included South Florida and the Miami area. In fact, according to the studies, parts of South Florida could be underwater by 2025, which is not too far away at all.

As frightening a concept this is, the best ways to allay your fears are preparation and research. For the Miami area, home and property owners would do well to invest in both flood restoration and flood mitigation services.

Here’s what you can do to prepare for this potential 2025 Miami flood. (4 Flood Restoration Tips On How to Handle A Miami Flood).

Why You Need Flood Restoration Services

The first thing we should talk about is the fact that not all floods are alike. There are a variety of different sources of floodwater that can damage your home or property, as well as different flooding sources. In an area like Miami where conditions are generally humid and moist and there is a lot of water around, you could be at risk of any one of these at any given time.

Here are some of the key different types of flooding that you need to be aware of. In addition, the type of flooding may impact the type of water damage that you see afterward. (4 Tips 

River floods

These occur when the water in a river ends up rising above the river banks, causing flooding and damage to the nearby area. River flooding happens for a number of reasons, including thunderstorms for an extended period of time, combined rainfall and snowmelt, and excessive rain from tropical systems.

Storm surge

This is a type of flooding we see commonly with hurricanes and tropical storms. In general, it represents a flood in coastal areas beyond that of a simple high tide, due to a storm’s combination of wind, moisture, and low atmospheric pressure. Examples like Hurricane Katrina show the potential for damage and loss of life that can occur with a storm surge.

Flash flooding

A flash flood generally only occurs over the course of six hours or so, but it can have a pronounced effect in certain areas. These torrents manifest after excessive rainfall and can rush down streets and riverbeds.

Coastal flooding

There’s also one type of flooding that we have yet to mention, mainly because it’s particularly pertinent to Miami and South Florida in general, and that is coastal flooding. Coastal flooding sounds simple enough on paper. The combination of seasonal high tides and storms can push water towards the shore in coastal areas. Areas like Charleston or Savannah deal with this several times a year.

However, part of the concern about coastal flooding today is that rising sea levels mean that coastal flooding can occur even without heavy tides or stormy weather.  Any sort of coastal flooding becoming a regularity could pose huge issues for any city, and Miami may be at risk.

Miami and Flood Restoration Services

At this point, let’s focus the lens more on Miami and South Florida specifically, as there are a few unique points and concerns here worth mentioning. Recent studies have shown that out of all the areas in the U.S., Florida has the most to lose in terms of flooding and rising sea levels.

One such study suggested that by 2045, nearly 64,000 homes across the state would be underwater, half of those being in South Florida. There is also a potential economic concern. If owners decide that the property is not worth keeping because of the repeated flooding, the properties may end up becoming abandoned. Being able to mitigate flood damage is essential to Miami in more ways that one.

As we mentioned, coastal flooding naturally occurs due to certain tides, and in the Miami area, those are the King Tides, the year’s largest tides that generally send water rushing through the streets and turn parks into lakes.

However, if we look back to this past year’s King Tides, things were relatively calm. Part of this was simply due to a natural reprieve, with the King Tide bringing in as much as a foot less water inland than usual. However, part of the credit should also be given to smart engineering work across South Florida to help manage the water that did come. To put this in perspective, in 2016, the Kind Tides happened to correlate with a “super moon,” leading floodwaters to fill streets and disrupt traffic.

While 2018 had a relatively harmless King Tide, there’s no guarantee that this will be the case every year. In addition, as sea levels rise in general, there’s a greater chance of the King Tide floods becoming larger and more damaging.

While it’s easy to get swept up by the enormous damage that takes place after a large flood (and the Miami 2025 flood would certainly fall into that category), there are also a lot of examples of more subtle water damage that could make homes and properties potentially unsafe.  (The After-Effects Of A 2025 Miami Flood).

For example, even if there wasn’t a giant Miami 2025 flood, there’s also the potential of repeated coastal flooding. This could lead to issues like saltwater mixing with drinking water, deterioration of infrastructure from the corrosive nature of seawater, as well as exposure to pathogens and harmful chemicals from floodwater. It’s important for people living in the area to know how to respond to this potential threat.

Using Technology for Flood Responses

At this point, it’s relatively safe to say that the threat of flooding for Miami and South Florida is not going away any time soon. As a result, it’s important for home and property owners in the area to use whatever means they have in order to stay prepared and protected.

One of the first lines of defense everyone should consider investing in is a flood alarm. There are a lot of flood alarm options out there, but they all have the same basic functionality. Two metal probes are exposed as a part of the alarm. When water touches the two probes, the increased conductivity triggers the alarm, helping you respond quicker.

In general, the more expensive an alarm, the more added features you get. For example, some alarms can measure temperature and humidity to give more accurate readings or additional functionality.

While a flood alarm is something every Miami resident should have in their home, this should only be the beginning of your flood prep. As a start, it’s a good idea to elevate certain appliances like furnaces, water heaters, and the electric panel to higher floors of the house to minimize the chance of flood damage. In fact, a water heater may be a key source of drinkable water if you are stranded in your home temporarily.

Foundation damage is also a major concern with flood damage, so it’s a good idea for people in flood zones to waterproof their basements as much as possible. It’s also important to arm yourself with information. Know what radio and television stations to tune into for flood updates, and have a plan in place in case you need to evacuate.

As a final note, if you are in an area that is a flood risk, you should invest in flood insurance. The majority of homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover damage from floods or other natural disasters, and due to concerns like rising sea levels, areas that weren’t flood zones in the past may now be.

Technology also plays a key role in the general flood restoration workflow, from keeping professionals safe to making it easier and faster to clear some of the effects of water damage.  (Understanding the Flood Restoration Process).  For example, using technology to detect moisture or mold may catch remnants of water damage that aren’t visible to the naked eye. In addition, items like air movers are essential to actually remove the excess moisture and make a flood-damaged home livable again.

The Future of Flood Restoration Services

With this said, this is only the start of technology potentially helping with flood responses and restoration. Assuming these reports of widespread coastal flooding come to pass, entire countries could need full-scale response options in order to keep both people and property protected. The responses here could seem like something out of a sci-fi movie rather than reality, but the same has been said about many modern conveniences we enjoy today.

Here are some of the items you would see addressing flood-related issues.

Flood barriers

This may be cheating a bit, as some areas around the world are already using these to great effect. However, as flooding becomes potentially more common and widespread, you may be seeing larger flood barriers around major areas like Miami soon enough.

Portable workboats

If areas are completely submerged for a while, it may be essential for both rescue and salvage purposes to deploy boats. Perhaps flood restoration companies will be using inflatable boats that are able to set out for a few days, complete with food and water, allowing professionals to do their work safely.

Future restoration equipment

Larger floods, like the potential 2025 Miami flood, will require larger-scale versions of the flood restoration solutions we see every day. (Miami’s # 1 Flood Restoration Company).  Picture a humidifier the size of a trailer, making it possible to clear properties and get people back in their homes in just a fraction of the time.

There are also practical concerns that could affect the future of flood restoration services. In one survey of restoration professionals, the single largest concern was a difficulty in finding skilled labor. This is an issue that could potentially grow even larger in the future, considering that some of the hypothetical technology that we’ve been talking about will require not only expertise to develop, but also training to use effectively.

At the same time, though, the potential increase of flooding will likely mean more work for flood restoration companies. The key will be effectively communicating that these companies are great places to start a career.

Another secondary concern that the restoration professionals brought up was working with TPA (third-party administrators), the professionals they have to interact with when working with insurance companies. This is largely because of a perception that insurance companies are becoming more difficult to work with regarding payment for remediation and restoration work.

In addition, many professionals reported that TPA were demanding more monitoring technology for different services. Perhaps, in the future, flood restoration services will have technology to help them report their work schedule and developments to better satisfy insurance companies.

Using TCR for Flood Restoration Services

For many people in South Florida and coastal areas, dealing with flooding is more and more of a common reality. It’s essential not just to test your home for structural inadequacies, but also take a modern approach to flood restoration to minimize the impact of water damage.

For your flood restoration needs, contact professionals like Total Care Restoration. Not only do we believe in doing the most for our customers in the Miami area, but we’re also:

  • 5-star-rated on Yelp
  • IICRC-certified
  • BBB A+-rated

This means that we have the skills and expertise to provide flood restoration services, not just to help protect your home and valuables, but also to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to mitigating flood effects. Our customers also trust us to diagnose different issues and repair foundation, leaks, mold infestations, and other side effects of flooding. Reach out to us today for a free inspection.

Miami Flood Restoration Tips

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wIf you were to ask an insurance professional the difference between water damage and flood damage, they would make a very clear distinction between the two.

However, as flood restoration professionals, we see things a little differently. When a flood happens in your Miami home or business, flood waters can surge through your home, not only causing damage through the impact, but also with the water that remains. Here are some of the key ways that a flood can damage your property, and how you can react.

One particular concern that happens with a flood versus other sources of water damage is what is brought into the home. Coastal flooding or river flooding can bring sediment, chemicals, and anything else the water has come into contact with into your home. This poses a huge contamination hazard, and is part of the reason why flooded areas are considered unsafe well after the waters recede. Something else that can happen is erosion. The loss of soil and rocks is one thing, but heavy floods can also erode foundations, potentially leading to expensive but necessary repairs.

There are also other concerns after the fact, like added moisture bringing mold into your home. Left unchecked, mold can lead to health issues, ranging from basic allergic reactions to serious respiratory issues.

Depending on the nature of the flood, knowing how to react properly could not only make a major difference for protecting your home, but also protecting yourself and your family. This is why it’s important for Miami and South Florida residents to have a flooding prep checklist. Here are some key elements you should incorporate.

Move items to higher locations

If you have an attic or an upper floor to your home, as soon as you hear there is a potential flood risk, move all valuables to the higher levels. These can include important documents, family albums, or anything else that you want to ensure gets preserved. It may also be a good idea to invest in a safe deposit box for some of these items.

Shut off electricity to affected areas that may flood

One major threat is flood waters coming into contact with electrical appliances or other areas. It’s important to make sure that these are shut down at the fuse box or breaker panel. In some cases, it may be impossible to elevate certain appliances like a washing machine, so wrap them in polyethylene film, if possible. This will keep a lot of the silt from flood water from getting in, making it easier to clean afterward.

Planning for evacuation

In severe flood conditions or hurricanes, it may be essential for you to leave the area to guarantee your safety. Much of the steps that we’ve discussed so far still apply, but it’s also important to make sure that you decide what you are going to bring with you, as well as what the ideal path is to get to where you plan to wait out the flooding/storms.

Invest in flood insurance

Bringing things full circle, flood insurance is generally a separate policy from traditional homeowner’s insurance, which may cover other sources of water damage like a water heater leak or burst pipe. It’s well worth it for anyone living in a flood zone to buy.

Water damage right after a flood can be scary for home and property owners, but the best thing you can do is approach this in a calm and collected manner. By enlisting professionals who know the effects of water damage, it’s far more likely you’ll be able to mitigate it before it gets out of control.

Total Care Restoration is flood restoration services company that believes in doing the most for customers in the Miami area. We’re also IICRC-certified, which means we have the skills and experience to help you take care of all key aspects of flood restoration to make your home safe and liveable once again.

For additional questions about our services, feel free to call our experts today.

Understanding the Flood Restoration Process

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Surreal Flooding

Surreal Flooding

When you first come back to your home after a flood, it can be difficult to take in the sheer scope of damage to your property and valuables. The one silver lining in all this is that there is an opportunity for you to have your home looking its best again, given time.

This is due to the painstaking flood restoration process that professionals put in to remove all visible signs of water damage after a flood. Here’s a breakdown of all the different steps in this process.


Every flood restoration starts with a general inspection of the area. This is essential for contractors to get a basic picture of exactly what they need, as well as provide an estimate of the payment required for their services. The reason why this step is so essential is that there are subtle signs of flood damage that the untrained eye can’t see at first glance, but still need to be attended to.

Removal of standing water

Standing water can be a major hazard in a flooded home, and can also prevent contractors from working in other areas until it is removed. Generally, industrial shop vacuums are used for this purpose, and the length will depend on the substrate as well as the amount of standing water present.

Containing the area

This goes hand in hand with the flood restoration drying process. In order to ensure that the heat and dry air stays in the rooms where they are needed, the area will be taped off. This allows for more efficiency, as well as the chance to dispose of items that may not be salvageable.


Air movers and dehumidifiers are some of the products that flood restoration professionals use in order to clear out moisture from a flood. In some cases, carpet may need to be taken out and drywall may need to be removed to ensure that all flood-damaged surfaces are properly exposed to the hot, dry air. While this is going on, flood restoration professionals will regularly check the humidity levels in the room and see how the drying is progressing. This takes place room by room until the entire building is dry.

As a closing note, when it comes to home projects like flood restoration, the temptation to take a DIY approach will always be there. The problem with this is that the stakes are far too high to leave flood restoration work in the hands of a well-meaning amateur. Here’s a chart of some of the potential issues:

DIY Flood Restoration vs Professional Flood Restoration

DIY Flood Restoration vs Professional Flood Restoration

As you can see, when it comes to handling flood damage and its after-effects, doing the job yourself is a recipe for disaster. As a result, anyone who lives in an area where floods are a risk should look for the top flood restoration professionals well before the waters start to rise. We, at Total Care Restoration, not only believe in doing the most for our customers in the Miami area, but we’re also IICRC-certified. This signifies that we have the skills and experience to help you take care of all key aspects of flood restoration to make your home safe and liveable once again.

The After Effects Of 2025 Miami Flood

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Flood From Ocean Picture

Flood From Ocean Picture

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.

Foundation damage

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.

Saltwater presence

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.

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