If you have ever experienced a kitchen flood on your property, then you would know the extent of the disaster which unfolds itself, with the water covering all the surfaces of your kitchen space.
From the countertop to the kitchen cabinets, and from the electrical appliances to the flooring, your kitchen space will be presenting a very different picture from its usual charming image. It might seem easy, but it is a very difficult task, drying up a flooded kitchen and restoring it to its former condition.
A kitchen flood can occur due to a number of reasons, ranging from a clogged sink or drain pipe to a leaking water pipe. An improper functioning dishwasher can also result in a kitchen flood, making the water flow all over your kitchen floor.
A kitchen flood can cause severe damage to the different fixtures and appliances in the room. Different electrical appliances placed and used in kitchen spaces can suffer damage and might not function properly if they get drenched with water. In some cases you might have to replace them, which is sure to put a dent in your wallet, however, most homeowner insurance policies will cover this too
A kitchen flood will surely not spare your countertops and kitchen cabinets, and you might have to replace them in case of severe damage to the material. The surface and interior of your cabinet might get damaged beyond repair, and rot. If left unattended your kitchen cabinets can develop mold because of long exposure to water and especially if they remaining damp for a long period of time.
Kitchen countertops get flooded easily and water might seep in through any cracks, and accumulate underneath, loosening the adhesive material used to keep the countertop in place. You might not notice any changes, but the water consistently erodes the countertop material and it’s adhesive.
Water standing over your kitchen floor, can cause irreparable damage to the flooring tiles of your kitchen space, sometimes even requiring complete removal and installation of new floor tiles. This requires a fair amount of capital, which adds to your existing troubles of having to deal with the tiring procedure of cleaning up your kitchen flood.
In case of a kitchen flood on your property, open up the windows and switch off and remove all electrical appliances from the kitchen space. You need prompt professional assistance from a company like Service Master for an effective drying up and restoration procedure of your kitchen.
Leonardo Vazquez is a Project Manager of Xpress Restoration Inc., a leading fire and water damage restoration company which provides 24/7 Emergency Services for Water Damage, Fire Damage and Mold Damage Emergencies in California.