Staying safe is obviously the most important part of how you should handle a water damage disaster. However, it is more complicated than simply keeping children out of the water and avoiding severely damaged areas. Even minor water damage and flooding in your home have the potential to cause serious health problems for you and your family. Every caution should be taken after a flood to ensure that your home is safe to be in. Our certified contractors at Certi-Dry in the Middleton area are qualified and experienced in all types of water damage restoration. The best thing you can do after a flood is to call Certi-Dry so we can come to assess the damage and restore your home like new. Below are the three ways in which water damage can cause health problems for you.
Oftentimes flood water contains contaminants that can seriously endanger the lives of people exposed to it. One of the most common contaminants flood water mixes with is sewage. There are a host of deadly, infectious diseases that can be found in sewage or otherwise contaminated water. Cholera, typhoid, and dysentery to name a few can all be contracted through filthy water and all of them can prove to be deadly. It is important that if flooding occurs in your home you take extreme care around the floodwater. Wear protective clothing when around it, and remove anything in your house that has yet to be affected before it is contaminated as well.
Contaminated floodwater is broken into three classifications:
(When this type of damage occurs though, it is always best to refer cleaning up the mess to the professionals.)
Category 1: This water originates from a sanitary source and poses no significant risk from ingestion, inhalation, or contact. This is the mildest level of contaminated floodwater.
Category 2: This water contains significant contamination. It has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed. It does not cause serious, life-threatening ailments but should be avoided nonetheless.
Category 3: This water is grossly contaminated and should not be touched or ingested for any reason. It may contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. DO NOT attempt to clean this up on your own.
This is not as big of a safety concern with water damage as other factors may be, but it is still worth noting. Flooding or water erosion may weaken the foundation or structures in your home unbeknownst to you. This could cause parts of your home to collapse without warning. Thus, you should have your home inspected by a professional after a flood.
Mold growth is almost always a secondary consequence of water damage. Some types of mold are more harmful than others. Black mold, for example, can cause serious health issues and respiratory problems while many other types of mold cause minor respiratory or allergy-like symptoms at the most.
No matter the state of your home after a flood or water damage disaster, you should contact the pros at Certi-Dry if you live near the Middleton area. We will assess the state of your home for you, identify any safety concerns, and restore your home back to its original condition.