1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

January 10, 2008

:010 Water Damage

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip.

1:5:10:010 Tip: There are many ways that buildings can become water damaged. Few situations will ever be as extreme as when levees broke after hurricane Katrina.

When water damage does occur it is important to get a specialist in water damage involved as quickly as possible to help return the building to a safe and habitable condition and prevent mold growth. Just because materials feel dry to the touch doesn’t mean they are. Moisture meter measurements are the only way to be sure of what is going on below the surface. The time to learn what to do when a pipe breaks or a tree-limb comes crashing through the roof during a rain storm is – before it happens! Of course prevention is best, but accidents still happen.

FEMA tells us that a quarter of buildings that get flooded from disasters are located in areas that were not deemed to be prone to flooding. So if you don’t know what to do when water strikes, you should spend another 5 minutes reviewing some basic information below.


New Orleans after Katrina, credit: Jocelyn Augustino –  FEMA


Additional Information

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification www.iicrc.org is the place to go for flood damage restoration company referrals. They have tips for minimizing post flood damage at http://www.certifiedcleaners.org/water_damage.shtml



Listed companies must promise to abide by the IICRC’s code of ethics and be insured.


You can read more information about preparing and protecting your home from floods and other extreme weather events in my new book Extreme Weather Hits Home Protecting Your Buildings From Climate Change. Published by New Society Publications. www.extremeweatherhitshome.com


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  1. Hi,

    I wanted to ask your permission to use the FEMA photo at the link in your blog, listed as a link below the two disasterengineer website links. It for a non-profit website that is designed to assist in Urban Search and Rescue work.

    The parent site is here (for National) http://www.disasterengineer.org/

    And the Florida site that I am making is here: http://www.existingstructures.com/disaster/disaster_comp.html




    Greetings Art,

    Thanks for asking: The FEMA image was taken from FEMA which is a US Government Source so it’s not copywrited. That means you and anyone else is welcome to use it. They only ask that it be credited the way I did.

    John Banta

    Comment by Art Hansen — January 2, 2009 @ 1:15 pm

  2. The disaster in New Orleans is still very sad even now.

    For Saint Petersburg, FL water restoration, check out our website for information about the company and contact info.

    Comment by NextGen — February 18, 2011 @ 10:17 am

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