Obvious And Hidden Dangers From Floods

flood damage cleanup westerville, flood damage westervilleAny unwanted water intrusion could ruin your possessions and damage your home’s structure. However, when the water comes from outside your sterile water system, you face additional safety hazards. Floodwater can contain dangerous bacteria from overflowing sewage and agricultural and industrial waste. According to Accuweather, the dangers of floods do not disappear after water levels stop rising.   

It’s Not Just Water…

Minimize all contact with floodwater; it can contain:

  • Human and livestock waste
  • Household, medical, and industrial hazardous waste (chemical, biological, and radiological)
  • Coal ash waste containing carcinogenic compounds such as arsenic, chromium, and mercury
  • Physical objects such as lumber, vehicles, and debris

Pay Attention To The Smell

After a flood, within a day or two, closed rooms will begin to reek. The smells given off by mold at certain stages of their growth and reproduction are called Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs).  This mixture of various compounds released by the organism as it eats grows, and multiplies can be very dangerous; anyone working should wear personal protective gear.

Protect Yourself Against Carbon Monoxide

Natural disasters might not only flood your home but disrupt your power supply. When your normal heating system fails, you might turn to a less predictable fuel source. More than 400 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning a year, the CDC reported, and this risk can increase after a flood.

Generators, pressure washers, charcoal grills, and other fuel-burning tools can release CO in dangerous concentrations when used indoors, The CDC recommends avoiding the use of these in enclosed or partially enclosed areas, and encourages people to buy battery-powered carbon monoxide detectors.  

Unwanted Guests

Flood waters can displace animals, insects, and reptiles. When returning to a flood-affected area remember that wild animals, rodents, snakes or spiders, may be trapped in your home. Additionally, standing water, or water that isn’t flowing, can also become a breeding ground for bugs that can make people very ill.

Skin Infections

Swallowing bacteria isn’t the only risky thing about being exposed to floodwater. Cuts and abrasions on their body can get secondarily infected with bacteria from the water. Use an antibiotic ointment if you have it, and keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t become red or swollen. If it doesn’t appear to be healing as it should or if you develop a fever, chills, or other signs of infection, see a doctor as soon as you can.

Mosquito-borne Illnesses

Rain and flooding may lead to an increase in mosquito numbers as the water subsides and pools form.  Wear long pants, socks and long-sleeved shirts, and apply an insect repellent containing N, N-diethyl-mtoluamide (DEET) or pircaridin to your skin. If practical, drain any water left standing outdoors in open containers such as flower pots, unused tins, tyres or buckets.

Remember to change your pet’s drinking water regularly.

Gastrointestinal Illnesses

One of the biggest risks of swallowing floodwater is ingesting a bacterium, virus, or parasite that causes gastrointestinal illness. Occasionally, these symptoms can also become serious and can cause life-threatening dehydration. Cryptosporidium, Giardia, E. coli, and salmonella are a few examples of germs that can contaminate floodwater and cause stomach distress. Experts also warn about cholera and typhoid fever, both of which can be caused by bacteria-contaminated water after natural disasters and flooding.  

For Quick Flood Damage Cleanup In Westerville

It’s an overwhelming experience. Water is flowing everywhere and it’s seemingly impossible to stop. One call to Mammoth and you can rest assured that we’ll be there within 2 hours. The team of water damage professionals will do everything possible to mitigate the problem with the latest and most powerful drying equipment on the market.

When it comes to property damage restoration and cleaning, you need a team that understands what you’re going through. Mammoth is Ohio’s and West Virginia’s leading expert in the restoration of water, fire and smoke damage.  Call (614) 532-9216 or visit mammothohio.com for a quick response.

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