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Flood Damage

Flood damage to a home or business is difficult to clean up. Flood water damage also brings in all the contaminants and bacteria that is in soil and found outside. As the flood waters rush into your property, your home or business becomes immediately contaminated with that bacteria from outside and special precautions have to be taken in the flood damage restoration clean up process. Guardian is here to help. We offer emergency response and expert services for the St. Petersburg/Tampa area. When disaster strikes, we're ready to put your life back together.

Damage a Flood Can Cause

Floods can be among the most devastating natural disasters, both in terms of property loss and injuries and death. Floods can be fast moving, and once an area floods water can remain for long periods of time, especially if it isn't removed by a restoration service.

According to Livescience, floods are the second most destructive natural disaster on earth, behind only tornadoes. In 2011, floods caused $8.41 billion in damage and killed 113 people in the United States.

Property damage depends largely on how long flood waters take to recede and how fast flood waters moved.

If flood waters moved fast through an area, they could have potentially weakened supports and could cause structures to collapse. If waters linger for a long time, they can cause mold growth. This can be a serious health risk, and you should not wade through water after a flood.

Flood Safety


  • If your home was severely flooded, you may only be able to enter when officials say it is safe to do so. Stay out of any building surrounded by floodwaters.

  • Use extreme caution when entering flooded buildings. There may be hidden damage, particularly in foundations. Personal safety considerations include protecting yourself from electric shock, mold contamination, asbestos, and lead paint.

  • Turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box. Homeowners who are unfamiliar with electricity or their home’s electrical systems should contact their local power company or a qualified electrician to assist them in making their property safe from electrical hazards after a flood.

  • Check for loose boards and slippery floors.

  • Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or you are standing in water.

  • Use flashlights, not lanterns, torches, or matches, to examine buildings. Flammable gases may be inside the structure and open flames may cause a fire or explosion.

  • If you turned off your gas, a licensed professional is required to turn it back on. - Carbon monoxide exhaust kills. Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machine ONLY outdoors and away from windows so the fumes do not get inside. The same goes for camping stoves. Fumes from charcoal are also deadly—cook with charcoal ONLY outdoors.

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Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere. Flooding is an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry. If this happens at your home or business follow these flood safety tips. ​

Health Hazards of a Flood

Flood damage can potentially increase the transmission of the following communicable diseases:


  • Water-borne diseases, such as typhoid fever, cholera, leptospirosis, and hepatitis A

  • Vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, and dengue hemorrhagic fever, yellow fever, and West Nile Fever


Standing water caused by heavy rainfall or overflow of rivers can act as breeding sites for mosquitoes, and therefore enhance the potential for exposure of the disaster-affected population and emergency workers to infections. Other dangers of flooding include drowning, other injuries, and trauma. For more information on flooding and diseases from flood waters visit the World Health Organization.

The Flood Restoration Process

After a flood, work must start as soon as it is safe to reenter the area. While it may seem overwhelming, Guardian's technicians have seen countless floods and will be your partners in getting your property back to normal. While the length of the flood damage restoration process depends heavily on the severity of the flood, there are a few things you can expect when responding to flood damage.

  • Call Guardian immediately: Emergency response can make all the difference in preventing secondary damage.

  • Call your insurance provider: To make sure your restoration job is covered under your insurance, call an insurance agent. Let them know you have a restoration company on the way to get your claim process started.

  • Document the damage: Once it is safe to reenter your home or business, make notes and take photos of all damaged areas of the property. You'll need these for your insurance claim.

  • Water Extraction: Guardian's team will remove all water from your property, including under floorboards and behind drywall--two places mold often goes unchecked after a flood.

  • Cleaning: We clean damaged carpets, floors, and more to remove odors left by standing water.

  • Repairs: Any structural damage done by water needs to be repaired or replaced.