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How Light Rain Leads to Flood Damage in Glendale

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Light Rain Leads to Flood Damage in Glendale Stormwater Damage in Glendale Often Results from Runoff

Various Factors in Glendale Can Lead to Flooding after a Storm—SERVPRO Has the Solutions

Contrary to popular belief, colossal rainfall does not need to occur for homes in Glendale to face the prospect of flood damage. Rain in any amount can lead to flooding as soil saturation, sewer overflow, terrain abnormalities, and other factors allow a relatively small amount of water to snowball into a much bigger problem. SERVPRO prepares after every major storm to respond to widespread flooding in the area, but we also maintain readiness year-round to make sure we can help whenever and wherever disasters happen in the local area.

Soil Saturation
A major contributing factor to many cases of flood damage in Glendale is the amount of water in the soil before rainfall. While water use restrictions have helped to reduce average soil saturation in recent years, the area can remain wet for extended periods of time for a variety of reasons. In some situations, even a relatively mild bout of rain may not be able to find any space in the soil and can directly convert to a flowing sheet of floodwater. Water percolation to eventually reach the aquifer may be too slow to avoid flooding.

Road and Drainage System Damage
Drainage systems along roadways are essential in cities worldwide because all types of pavement can absorb little to no water before developing flood-like conditions. When roadways become damaged or undergo heavy maintenance, their drainage systems may sometimes be temporarily compromised, creating isolated problems when the weather turns out unfavorable. These cases are rare but can happen almost anywhere along a paved street.

Open Windows and Doors
Leaving a window open during a storm can subject the immediate room or area to enough water to soak materials and cause long-term damage without proper attention. In these situations, SERVPRO technicians make sure not to over-extend their operations and keep a low profile to prevent a relatively minor flood incident from becoming a major inconvenience.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale provides flood damage mitigation and restoration services for affected homes in the area. Call us 24/7 at (818) 244-6005.

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