Sure, any form of water inside a home is an immediate cause for concern. However, the source of the water affects what type of damage is possible and what steps need to be taken to restore the damage. If you live near a large body of saltwater, it is helpful to understand that the impact of saltwater damage is not exactly the same as what you would expect with freshwater.
If you live in a coastal community, you probably already know just how much corrosion saltwater can cause along the exterior surfaces of your home. When the water gets inside your home, keep in mind that it will have the same type of effect.
Corrosion can form along any metal surfaces, including the fasteners that keep your floor support system in place and the pipes that support your plumbing system. It is critical the water be removed as quickly as possible to prevent extreme damage.
Elevated Mold Concerns
One of the common pitfalls of DIY water damage restoration is mold. If all the moisture inside your home is not adequately removed, mold will form along the walls, floors, and any other surfaces, even after the water has been removed. Saltwater comes with an elevated risk of mold formation.
Salt is a moisture absorber, so it is important to remember that any leftover salt particles also contain water. If the area is not cleaned up properly, the salt can slow the drying process and increase the risk of mold forming. Mold is not just unsightly, but can also produce health concerns for your family and pets.
Anytime there is a significant amount of water inside a home, the best way for you to stay safe is to stay out of the water. However, when you have saltwater fill your home, it is even more critical that you stay away from the water. Unlike freshwater, saltwater can carry an electrical charge.
If there was a mild tropical storm or another surge-producing weather event to come through your area and push the water inside your home, as long as the electricity is still live in your home, there is a risk that there could be an electrical charge in the water. Move away from the water and contact a damage professional.
Regardless of the water's source, a water damage restoration professional is equipped to assess the damage, remove the water, and work to restore your home.