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05 Mar 2016 - 06:24:38 pm

Some of the Potential Dangers of Water Damage

If you have water damage in the home, how you care for the after effects will depend on the amount and the type of damage. One of the biggest potential problems and one of the most serious in the long run is that of mold.

Mold grows from a spore that floats in the air, and it is capable of landing on any surface, with the possible exception of glass, and starting to grow immediately. Mold only needs a dark place, no moving air, and moisture to proliferate at a very rapid pace.

Of course, the aftermath of a flooded area is perfect for a huge patch of the mold to take hold. If mold gets into persons breathing airways, it can cause years of very difficult and problematic symptoms which cause sinus, throat, esophagus, and lung problems.

If the water damage is serious enough to leave standing water, the residents should clear out, call their insurance company, and hire a water restoration company. Under no circumstances should you go wading into standing water, as you may or may not be certain that your power is still on, and if there are any electrical sockets underwater that are still on, you could be electrocuted.

Just the process of clearing out the water and cleaning up the damaged are can be hazardous as floodwater from any source can contain some very hazardous substances. Raw sewage, bacteria, viruses, e_coli, pesticides, fertilizer, mold, chemicals, and gasoline and petroleum residues are among the substances found in flood water.

The thing is that it is impossible to tell what is in the water just by looking at it, and that is why water damage restoration technicians wear protective suits and masks.

If you have a municipal sewage backup or a septic backup, just breathing the fumes of the sewage can be very hazardous to your health. If floodwater even touches the skin, it can cause harm depending on what items are in the floodwater.

Any serious water damage that is widespread in the home would require the family that is living there to move out temporarily. They can stay at a hotel or with friends and relatives, but it is a very good bet that it will be hazardous for them to stay while the restoration is taking place.

The restoration experts will not only be able to clear out the water, but they will also sanitize the area to eliminate any future regrowth of mold or bacteria.
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