A natural calamity such as a hurricane flooding or a storm surge can wreak havoc on your property. But there are also other sources for water damage such as a fault or break in sanitation or sewage lines and or even something as simple as a leaking faucet. So when your home is flooded or if you are facing water damage, what can you do to avoid health risks and to ensure minimal property damage?
Proactive Vs. Reactive
Without doubt, if the water damage is extensive, you will need the services of a professional water restoration company. However, in most instances property owners are unaware of what they should do when faced with water damage. Here’s what you need to know about water damage.
Flooding due to Natural Calamities
Contaminated water due to a storm surge or floods can pose several different dangers and health risks. If left untended, this water can become a breeding ground for mold spores which can easily spread through the building and removing them can become very difficult.
Flooding due to Faulty Sewage Lines or Clean Water Damage
After natural calamities, water damage due to faulty sewage lines and or clean water damage are the leading causes for water damage. Again, the issues that this kind of water damage can cause are similar to what happens during flooding caused by natural calamities. Moisture and standing water encourage bacterial growth which can lead to seepage which in turn can affect the entire building structure.
Debris, Moisture,and Standing Water
In any water damage situation, it is moisture and excess water which are the root causes of a lot of problems. Standing water is a microbial haven and these microbes can quickly permeate and saturate through different kinds of surfaces. If moisture collects behind walls, then they become the ideal resting grounds for mold and bacteria. Standing water and debris poses another big danger; they can harbor snakes and other forms of wildlife.
Moving through Flooded Areas
When entering a house or a building that has recently been flooded, take certain precautions. First thing is to ensure that electrical power is shut off. Move slowly because chances are snakes and other reptiles or rodents may have taken temporary shelter in the building. The last thing you need is to get bitten!Wear protective clothing, use vapor respirators, and cover your hands, legs, and eyes as well to avoid getting bitten and for protection against air contaminants.
Call for Professional Help
Professional restoration services are trained in dealing with water damage. Even if something is salvageable, it is best that you go with professional advice on the matter. However, before any item is discarded, make sure you properly record and itemize everything for insurance purposes. The job of the professionals is to first track pockets of moisture (hidden behind surfaces and different materials) and expose them to air by removing the drywall and any other kind of material which is in the way. Next comes the clean-up process which includes pressure washing and removal of any molds or other harmful bacteria. Only after the area is considered sanitized and completely safe by your professional services company should you consider moving back in.
Water damage to property is a serious problem vis-à-vis the health risks involved. So it is important that you carefully consider the reputation and services portfolio of a professional restoration company before you go ahead and hire one.