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Water damage is much more than a hazard to your home, nuisance, or unexpected expense. It is also a serious health threat. You should take extreme caution in and around your home after suffering from flood or water damage. The damage done to your home is bad enough. The last thing you want to deal with on top of that is risking your health as well. To help prevent that from ever happening to you, three of the most serious health threats posed by water damage is included in detail below. Furthermore, the best thing you can do to avoid these hazards is to hire a professional cleaning and restoration to handle the dangerous and dirty work for you. One such company is Excel EcoClean in the Mattoon, Illinois area. We at Excel EcoClean are committed to handling all your water damage cleanup needs no matter how big, small, or dangerous.
A large amount of water, like in a flood, carries a tremendous amount of force. Thus, floodwater moving as slowly as just five or ten miles an hour can cause significant structural damage to your home or property. In many cases, this damage is immediately apparent. However, it is possible for the water to have damaged the structure just enough to make it unsafe to be in yet the damage isn’t outwardly apparent. For this reason, it’s important to have your home looked at by a
professional after going through a flood to ensure there isn’t any hidden structural damage that could pose a serious threat down the road.
Mold growth is almost a sure consequence of any flood. Even the quickest, best efforts to remove any water and dry the home out will often be unable to account for all potential areas for mold growth. Since mold flourishes in humid, damp areas, it is under prime conditions for growth in a flooded home. This mold can begin to grow very quickly after a flood occurs. The timeframe for as soon as mold may begin to grow is 24-48 hours. This mold can then cause adverse respiratory symptoms for those in the home. More serious detriments to health from mold inhalation are likely to develop for the young, elderly, and those with weak immune systems.
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 caution 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. When this type of damage occurs though, it is always best to refer cleaning up the mess to the professionals.