Flooding in your home or office is usually caused by torrential downpours, a plumbing leak, or some sort of sewer backup. No matter how the flooding occurs, it can cause major damage to your property. Our teams of certified San Diego flood cleanup experts are available 24/7 to extract the water from your home or business and get it back to its original state as quickly as possible. If you are experiencing flooding in your San Diego home or office, you need to contact a flood damage and flood cleanup company ASAP!


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Once water makes its way into your property it can turn into a rather lengthy and difficult procedure for getting your residence back to normal. You do not want to risk handling the restoration and repairs on your own when a trained San Diego flood cleanup specialist can take the stressful process off of your hands. Calling a specialized flood cleanup company in San Diego won’t only allow you to get back to your regular schedule, but it will likely allow your home or office to get back to normal at an extremely rapid pace.

Statistics show that flooding will affect 25 out of 1,000 residences annually. Excess moisture will not only damage your home or office, it also creates the ideal environment for mold to develop. The most effective approach for protecting your property from the mold caused by flooding is to always have it dried out, ventilated, disinfected and restored as quickly as possible. If your household or business has been damaged by flooding, trust our local San Diego flood cleanup specialists to respond promptly and to fully assess your situation, accurately restore your possessions, and return your property to its pre-loss condition. We are the best Flood Cleanup Company in San Diego County!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Flood Mitigation or Flood Prevention?

    A reason for this confusion might be that for some flood mitigation is a constant action in some areas that have recurring flooding or active sump pumps to keep water out of their basements or other water sources. In essence, flood mitigation involves both preventive actions taken before a flood occurs and responsive strategies implemented during or after a flood event. Flood prevention involves preemptive measures to reduce the risk of flood damage. For instance, homeowners may install sump pumps or conduct annual inspections of vulnerable areas such as basements and chimneys. By regularly maintaining these systems and structures, individuals can help prevent water intrusion and minimize potential damage.

  • What is Flooding Mitigation?

    Is the act of preventing flood damage risk either before or after a flood has occurred. Flooding mitigation encompasses reactive as well as the proactive measures aimed at minimizing the impact of floods on communities and infrastructure. Flood prevention is commonly used, and for some, the term is confused with flood mitigation.

  • What is Flood Prevention?

    If homes have sump-pumps, basements, or chimneys it is important to check them annually, this is an example of flood prevention. The same time, during a flood state or heavy rains, you will want to also check your flood prevention techniques to make sure they are keeping the flooding out, any reinforcement efforts would be considered flood mitigation. However, flood prevention is not synonymous with flood mitigation, although the two are closely related. While flood prevention focuses on averting flood damage before it happens, flood mitigation involves actions taken during or after a flood to mitigate its impact. This can include reinforcing existing prevention techniques, such as installing additional barriers or improving drainage systems, to better withstand the force of floodwaters.

    For example, during periods of heavy rainfall or when a flood is imminent, homeowners should assess the effectiveness of their flood prevention measures and make any necessary adjustments or reinforcements. By proactively addressing weak points in their defenses, they can enhance their resilience to flooding and minimize the potential for damage.

  • What is the Difference Between Structural and Non-Structural Flood Mitigation?

    Structural Mitigation of Flooding: 

    Often dams, levees, jetties, and the use of temporary sandbags to block or manipulate water direction, are all structural mitigation efforts. Often the state, city, and local community will have a flood mitigation strategy and use of flood drainage sewers and water runoff channels.

    Non-Structural Mitigation of Flooding:

    The people are the integral part of the non-structural elements of flood prevention. The communities, municipalities, and governments are the key to planning for natural flooding with planning, implementation of policy, stormwater management systems, system maintenance plans, and in depth community planning of codes for buildings and conducting business. Non-structural mitigation is preventing humans from being in bad flood states before we build a community or allow for new structural development.

  • What are the mitigation strategies for floods?

    Floods pose significant threats to communities worldwide, exacerbated by climate change-induced extreme weather events. Effective mitigation strategies are crucial to minimize flood damage and protect lives and property.

    • Mitigation Strategies:

      • Structural Measures: Dams, Floodwalls, levees, floodgates, temporary Sandbags, and elevation of structures are essential for reducing flood impact.
      • Non-structural Measures: Green infrastructure, property limitations, zoning regulations, and building codes help mitigate flood risk by relocating vulnerable populations and regulating development in flood-prone areas. Also, community planning and municipal stormwater management systems and maintenance plans could be included. 

    • Flood Mitigation Planning:

      • Expert-driven flood mitigation plans, including floodplain mapping and forecasting, are essential to identify at-risk areas and prioritize mitigation efforts.
      • Community engagement is vital for developing tailored solutions and ensuring effective implementation.

    • Tools and Technologies:

      • Advanced tools like GIS systems enable effective flood management by analyzing map data, visualizing flood risk, and facilitating decision-making for mitigation strategies.

    • Flood Mitigation Services of Professionals

      • Mitigating flood risk requires a multifaceted approach encompassing structural and non-structural measures, expert planning, advanced tools, and community collaboration. By implementing comprehensive mitigation strategies, communities can enhance resilience and minimize the devastating impact of floods. After all prevention tactics and strategy have been implemented, you may still need flood mitigation services from professionals.

  • What Are the Three Types of Mitigation Plans?

    • Diverting water using landscaping or natural elements to channel waterways or divert water away from sensitive areas like homes, roadways, or other structures.
    • Prevention with structural measures such as french drains, dams, retaining walls, barriers, jetties, and other measures to divert water from building up. 
    • Emergency flood mitigation which includes using temporary sandbags as barriers, installing temporary dykes to prevent water from accessing homes or alleys that will lead to downstream flooding. Any tactic to remove flooding from a structure or roadway could be considered emergency flood mitigation, even temporary dams, french drain unclogging, or installing dykes.

  • What is the best approach to reducing flood damage?

    Strategically seek the vulnerabilities in any scenario that might be susceptible to flooding, as you discover these issues address them with water build up prevention, sealing, and hardening surrounding leak areas. Address any possible systems for supporting the riskier areas like a sump-pump system as a backup for basements and spaces near waterways that pose recurring flood threats. 

    Water sealing and enveloping the building with protection could also be a consistent start to reducing water damages. Also, in areas where flooding is common, think to elevate essential components of the home above water levels, for example electrical systems can be raised up to make basement or other outlets a little bit higher than normal.  

    Planning preventative measures and maintaining systems is essential to avoid unnecessary flooding. For example, many ways to prevent flooding is by maintaining French Drains, rain gutters, weather stripping, checking sump-pump systems, and other systems that prevent flooding.

  • What are the three methods of flood control?

    A large part of flood control is about knowing the environmental norms for an area and planning to control seasonal variations in flood water. So a large part of this planning would be about the landscaping and drainage. These landscaping and drainage methods include planning the right vegetation for retaining water and maintaining hillsides; gradually terracing hillside slopes to slow water flow downhill; and man made physical drainage of floodways such as french drains, dykes, dams, drainage canals, and floodways leading to larger public utility maintained sewerage systems.

  • What plants help control flooding?

    In southern california, most landscapes start with the lawn, but the best advice is to mix the terrain with a mix of naturally occurring wild vegetation from the native environment. Just like native grasses, native plants meant to grow in the southern California climate will grow better root networks that will help with water absorption. For grass suggestions for SoCal, drought tolerant grasses are also often preferred because they can tolerate various soil conditions, have many fibrous roots that grow quickly. 

    Grass suggestions: Zorro Annual Fescue, Vulpia Myuros Blando Brome, Bromus Mollis Cucamonga Brome, and Bromus Carinatus. 

    Often these grasses are chosen for revegetation of slopes that have in past experienced fires. If working to stabilize a property for flood or past fires, consider mixing the landscaping with various plant types, a mix of plant heights, and root depths. 

    Tree and Shrub Flood Prevention suggestions:

    Drought Resistant Trees with SoCal roots: Coast Live Oaks, Quercus Agrifolia Redbuds, Cercis sp., Catalina Cherry, and Prunis Lyonii.  

    Shrubs and Ground Covering plants that impact Flood Prevention: Prostrate Myoporum, Myoporum Parviflorium Capeweed, Arctotheca Calendula, Cultivar “Twin Peaks” Baccharis Pilularis, Descanso Rock Rose, Cistus Crispus Periwinkle, Vinca sp., Trailing African Daisy, and Osteospermum Fruticosum.

    Working with a landscaping professional is recommended to plan your drainage methods that will work with your terrain and the various plant needs of your property.

  • What is one way to control flooding?

    Call an emergency flood response team like Orange Restoration! If you are seeking the quickest way to solve your flood problem on the internet, you are better off getting a professional to step in and navigate the mitigation process.

    Your insurance company advises to take immediate action to prevent loss or damages during a flood. Your procrastination will become a liability when dealing with the insurance company as they may claim your damage came from “seepage” also known as water damage that occurs over time. In most policies, the insured has an obligation to mitigate their loss in damages. 

    Take action by calling a professional who knows how to deal with insurance.

  • What prevents flooding during heavy rain?

    In the case of heavy rain, it is best to properly inspect gutters, french drains, sump-pump systems, downspouts,  and other established flood prevention systems already set up to insure they are ready for the heavy rain. In Emergency Flooding situations, often sand bags will be deployed by local municipalities and made available. Using anything like sandbags to divert water from entryways or sensitive areas can greatly reduce water damage from flooding. 

  • Why does my house keep flooding when it rains?

    In Southern California, we do not often think about flooding due to rain, but it can happen especially due to our negligence or poor maintenance of flood prevention systems. Often flooding that reoccurs due to rain can be detected and prevented. When the heavy volume of the rain is upon your home’s exterior, it may impact the systems to fail. For example, a downspout could be poorly positioned to remove water from your roof, but when the water has no escape, the groundwater builds up and can cause flooding. 
    Before heavy rainfall it is important to inspect drains, gutters, and other flood prevention systems to ensure they are in good conditions. Also, during the heavy rain you may want to observe the flooding area to see what is the culprit to the excessive water. Often rain gutters can be impacted by trees and the sheer weight of the water causing them to dump and not flow to the downspout drain. After noticing the problems with your flood prevention systems, get a professional to repair it! Also, it may be wise to check for mold by getting professional testing done.

  • Do I really need mold remediation?

    After a flood in a building or home, it’s crucial to assess the extent of water damage and the potential for mold growth. Here are some factors to consider:

    1. Duration of Moisture Exposure: Mold can begin to grow within 24-48 hours after a flood. If your home or business was flooded and remained wet for an extended period, there’s a high likelihood of mold growth.
    2. Extent of Flood Damage: If the floodwater was clean and quickly removed, and affected only a small area, you may be able to clean and dry the area yourself. However, if the flood water was contaminated or if the flooding was extensive, it’s best to seek professional flood remediation services.
    3. Hidden Mold: Mold often grows in hidden areas, such as behind walls, under flooring, and in air ducts. A professional mold inspection can identify hidden mold and ensure thorough remediation.
    4. Preventive Measures: Even if you don’t see visible mold growth, it’s advisable to have your home inspected for mold after a flood to prevent future problems. Mold growth can be quite devastating for home values and for your health. 

    While not all floods require professional mold remediation, it’s essential to assess the situation carefully and consider the factors mentioned above to determine the best course of action for your home and your family’s health. Taking fast action is best as mold will rapidly begin to spread when moisture is present in your home.

  • How do I protect my house from heavy rain?

    Protecting your house from heavy rain involves several preventive measures and maintenance tasks. Here are some steps you can take:

    1. Keep Gutters and Downspouts Clear: Regularly clean gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage. Remove leaves, debris, and any blockages that could prevent water from flowing freely away from your house.
    2. Extend Downspouts Away from the House: Use downspout extensions or splash blocks to direct water at least 3-4 feet away from your home’s foundation to prevent water from pooling around the foundation. Also, consider french drain systems to move water away from areas that may be at higher risk for flooding. 
    3. Inspect and Maintain Roof: Regularly inspect your roof for damaged or missing shingles, and repair any issues promptly to prevent water from leaking into your home. Water coming from above is the worst for damages.
    4. Check Seals and Caulking: Inspect seals around windows, doors, and vents, and reapply caulk as needed to prevent water from seeping into your home. Weather stripping is highly effective at stopping water damage around windows. 
    5. Grade the Land Around Your House: Ensure that the ground slopes away from your house to prevent water from pooling around the foundation. Add soil as needed to create a slope away from the house.
    6. Install a Sump Pump: Consider installing a sump pump in your basement or crawl space to remove excess water and prevent flooding during heavy rain.
    7. Inspect Foundation for Cracks: Regularly inspect your foundation for cracks or gaps, and seal them with waterproofing sealant to prevent water from entering your foundation.
    8. Install Flood Barriers or Sandbags: If you live in an area prone to flooding, consider installing flood barriers or using sandbags to redirect water away from your home.

    By taking these preventive measures and regularly maintaining your home, you can help protect it from water damage during heavy rain and reduce the risk of water infiltration and flooding.

  • What is the #1 cause of basement flooding?

    Often basements are where we will find the hot water tank, the sump pump, and the main water supply line. If any number of problems occurs, like a burst pipe, the basement can easily flood. 

    If you have a basement, you should consider flood proofing it and work to maintain the plumbing as a basement flood can be quite costly.

  • Why is water coming through my walls after rain?

    You are experiencing some sort of flooding. It is likely that you have a roof leak or a rain gutter problem that is leading water to inside your home’s walls and/or the space above your head. It is important you call a flood mitigation expert as soon as possible to help you figure out the issue and put a stop to the leak. 

  • How do I divert water from my house on a slope?

    If your home is on a slope, you will want to create grading to keep the water moving away from the foundation. Also consider installing a French Drain system as with a slope you can experience a great amount of water accumulation very rapidly, and keeping this water away from your home is important to avoiding flood or water damages.

  • Will a dehumidifier help a flooded basement?

    A deep flood in your basement will need professional mitigation services, a dehumidifier is only meant to help remove moisture in the air after a flood cleanup. The dehumidifier device alone will not do the work needed to restore your home to pre-flood conditions.

  • Does flooding damage walls?

    Drywalls are meant to stay dry, so any moisture can damage them and lead to moisture to turn into mold growth. If you have experienced a flood, you will need to act fast. Drywall will begin to deteriorate when moist, and if so, it will need to be replaced. 

    If walls are wooden, or other materials, it is likely that moisture will damage them as water will cause wood rot, will lead to mold development, and lead to a need for extensive repairs. When you have a flood, it is best to hire a professional to manage these expectations and take on the liability for resolving the issues in a timely manner.

  • Is it normal to have water under house after rain?

    Rainwater entering the crawlspace should not be a normal occurrence, even with heavy rain. If there is rain in the crawlspace, make sure it is draining out and returns to a dry state. Standing water in the crawl space is concerning as this could lead to humidity in the confined space which will accumulate and likely become a mold problem given the nature of the crawl space.

  • What happens if water gets into a crawl space?

    When water drains into the crawl space, it is important to make sure it drains out. If this water does not drain away, it is important to handle it manually. Water cannot be left in the crawl space as it will rapidly lead to the degradation of your home. 

    First, the water will become humidity, then moisture will cause the perfect environment for mold growth. Mold growth and the moisture will lead to attracting pests, pests getting into your home will also degrade your home’s structure. Now we have more than one battle to fight, mold is spreading from the crawl space into walls, bottom of the flooring, and possibly onto joists that directly support your home. Pests will move around too, and when they do, they bring more problems such as smell, breeding, and access to your home. 

    Letting moisture get into your crawl space is likely to allow for many more problems, so be wise to call for help if your crawl space has been flooded or has signs of moisture build up. 

  • How long does it take for mold to grow in walls after a flood?

    Mold can begin to grow in the walls of your home within 24-48 hours after a flood. The walls of your home can work like highways for transferring the mold spores from one area to another. Even though you do not see the mold spores, it can be present. Mold colonies that are large enough to be seen can take 18-21 days to form, but the mold can still be present as early as 24 hours after a flood.  

  • What kills mold after a flood?

    As mold killing experts, Orange Restoration has been doing mold remediation for 20 years, so we recently upgraded our skill set to do Medically Sound Mold Remediation, this means we kill 100% of mold for these jobs. Traditional remediation work will only remove living mold cells, and may leave behind broken fragments of mold or dead mold spores.

    Mold can be killed by using bleach, alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide. Be sure to dilute the solution of bleach, alcohol or hydrogen peroxide down to meet the needs for the space you are working in, as often you do not need to use too much to get the removal to happen and the mold spores will die also with just a little solution and agitation. It’s important to use of them properly and safely:

    1. Bleach: A solution of bleach and water (usually one cup of bleach per gallon of water) can effectively kill mold on hard surfaces. It’s important to dilute the bleach properly and to ensure proper ventilation when using it. However, bleach may not be suitable for all surfaces and may cause discoloration.
    2. Alcohol: Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) can also be effective at killing mold on hard surfaces. It’s typically used in concentrations of 70% or higher for maximum effectiveness. Like bleach, alcohol should be used in a well-ventilated area.
    3. Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide can be used to kill mold on various surfaces. It’s typically used in concentrations of 3% or higher. It’s less harsh than bleach and may be a better option for porous surfaces.

    Regardless of which substance you use, it’s essential to follow safety precautions, including proper dilution, ventilation, and using protective gear such as gloves and a mask. Additionally, it’s essential to address the underlying cause of the mold growth, such as moisture or water intrusion, to prevent future mold problems.

  • Do walls need to be replaced after flood?

    The damage to your walls, ceiling, flooring and otherwise can only be determined by an expert. To avoid the heavy costs associated with flood damage, consider calling a professional as soon as possible. The sooner action is taken, will determine the needs for replacement walls, flooring, and other structural materials.

  • How do you tell if there is moisture behind a wall?

    Most building inspectors will have a pinless moisture meter on hand, this is the easiest way to determine if there is moisture on hand. 

    If you notice signs of water damage on the wall, such as rusty water stains, bulges, sagging walls, bloating of the walls, or mold growth, these could be signs to confirm the moisture. If these signs exist, make sure to call for a professional to come figure out the source of your moisture problem.

  • What is the difference between flood control and flood management?

    Flood control is the act of ending the flood or stopping it from happening with the use of systems to prevent the flood such as dams, dykes, or water channels. 

    Flood Management is actively seeking to reduce damages from an active flood.

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