You may be in over your head. Basement flooding can easily become a big headache. It can also pose some serious health hazards if not taken care of properly. We want you to take your health and the care of your home into consideration before attempting cleanup on your own. Take a look at some of the hazards associated with this DIY cleanup project.
Hazards & Risks
- When dealing with flooding, water contamination can range. Greywater is water from utilities like sinks, tubs, showers, or dishwashers and is considered mildly contaminated. Black water refers to the water used to flush toilets that mixes with human waste. This type of water can contain contaminants like parasites, viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Contact with this type of water is considered highly hazardous as it can pose serious health risks including hepatitis A and encephalitis. If proper protocols for cleanup are not carefully met, then people and animals are at high risk of becoming sick.
- Anytime there is flooding it is always important to be aware of the risks of electrocution. Appliances and outlets submerged can become very dangerous. Never enter a flooded area unless electricity and gas have been turned off. If there is a smell of gas, evacuate your home and do not return until it has been assessed by professionals. Do not touch any electrical lines, equipment, or fixtures during or after a flood, even with the power turned off.
- Porous structural materials like drywall, insulation, and beams can be weakened from water damage. That means the structure of your home may be at risk. Walls can also buckle or break due to oversaturation of water. Professionals will know how to properly dry out or replace damaged areas. They will also take note of potential warning signs that further damage has occurred to walls or foundations.
- Water can easily find its way into nooks and crannies of the home. That means that damages are not always easily visible. Damages behind walls or under floors may not be discovered until it is too late.
- Any surfaces that are not dried properly are at risk of mold in as little as 24-48 hours. Mold exposure can bring with it health risks, especially to those with health problems like asthma or compromised immune systems.
What to Do Now
- We highly recommend calling in water restoration professionals when you’re dealing with a flooded basement. They’ll come with the proper knowledge, skills, and equipment to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
- While waiting for these services to arrive there are some steps you can take. If you can safely do so, turn off the electricity and gas. If you cannot get to these sources or feel unsafe doing so, then wait for professionals to arrive. If you do enter the flood waters, wear boots and gloves for protection against possible contaminants. You’ll also want to make a call to your insurance. They will inform you of your insurance loss coverages and next steps to take in the claims process.
When cleaning up flooding, the last thing you want is to start the cleanup then find out that you aren’t able to complete the job or don’t have the equipment you need. In addition, there are dangers associated with flood damage and you don’t want to put yourself, your family, or your home at risk. Calling in the experts means you don’t have to be left guessing or panicking over what needs to be done. Pro Response is ready to answer the call for your water removal and cleanup needs. We want to help you get your home back to pre-loss condition as quickly as possible. We’ll answer any questions you may have and can be reached 24/7. Call us today!
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