Biological Dangers From Flood Waters

flood damage cleanup westerville, flood damage repair westervilleSometimes, a storm dumps inches of rain that overwhelm the storm drains. In a worse situation, the rivers or lakes can breach their banks. As the water rushes down the street, it makes its way into your home or business. After the flooding has subsided, it is important to clean up rapidly to avoid waterborne diseases.

Human and animal waste is a major problem when floods occur. Many diseases like Shigellosis, Cholera, Hepatitis A, Leptospirosis, Typhoid Fever, Malaria, and Dengue fever are spread by flood water.

Eating or drinking anything contaminated by flood water can cause diarrheal disease. Cryptosporidium, Giardia, E. coli, and Salmonella are a few examples of germs that can contaminate floodwater and cause stomach distress. To protect yourself and your family, thoroughly wash your hands after contact with flood waters. Do not allow children to play in flood water areas plus wash them (plus their toys) frequently.

Open wounds and rashes exposed to flood waters can become infected, so cover open wounds with waterproof bandages to reduce the chance of infection. Risk of dermatitis, conjunctivitis, and ear/nose/throat infections increases with exposure.

Site-Based Diseases

Standing water caused by heavy rainfall or overflow of rivers can act as breeding sites for mosquitoes which enhances the potential for exposure dengue, malaria and West Nile fever. Flooding may initially flush out mosquito breeding, but it comes back when the waters recede. The lag time is usually around 6-8 weeks for the mosquito’s life cycle to peak.

Chemical Hazards

Be aware of potential chemical hazards during floods. Flood waters may have moved hazardous chemical containers of solvents or other industrial chemicals from their normal storage places.

In The Aftermath = Mold

  • Mold growth can lead to poor indoor air quality causing respiratory problems including asthma and can lead to severe illness. A commercial HEPA vacuum cleaner should be used whenever vacuuming during this cleanup time.
  • Dispose of damaged items responsibly. You will be tempted to throw everything into a dumpster: out of sight, out of mind. Engage Mammoth Restoration to help you safely manage this potentially dangerous mess.

Caring, Compassionate Clean Up Services

It’s a frightening experience when disaster strikes, and then you have to face cleaning up the aftermath. Call Mammoth; they will be there within 2 hours. Whether you need crime scene, trauma, hoarding or biohazard clean up, your first step is to find capable help. Because Mammoth Restoration & Cleaning is an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certified (IICRC) Firm, you know you’re working with a team you can trust.

About Mammoth In Westerville

When it comes to property damage restoration and cleaning, you need a team that understands what you’re going through. This team brings a unique combination of first-hand experience (they’ve been through this hundreds of times) and a “service heart” to help you in this stressful time. We are Ohio’s and West Virginia’s leading expert in the restoration of water, fire and smoke damage.

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