Flooding has been in the news recently due to the destructive force of hurricane Florence all along the eastern coast. Hurricane floods are notoriously dangerous, trapping people in their homes and leaving a wake of destruction in their path.
What you may not have realized, though, is that much of the danger from a flood comes after the waters have already receded. Here are a few things you should know about post-flooding risks and hazards.
Risk of Contamination
Outbreaks of communicable diseases after a flood typically occur because of water contamination. Floodwater has often mixed with toxins, chemicals, and harmful bacteria. Consider the fact that many sewage areas, dump sites, and more are often separated by barriers that fail during times of high flood. Even mild floods that only occupy your basement can be potentially dangerous, as bacteria has the opportunity to thrive in brackish water. Try to avoid contact with flood waters, and always wash your hands when you do.
Damage to Utilities
Have you ever spilled a glass of water over a phone or laptop? Even if you manage to pull it away, the damage can be extensive—and sometimes take a while to reveal itself. After a flood, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cautions homeowners to be wary of how flooding may have impacted their natural gas and electrical power. If the main power switch was never turned off before the floor, call an electrician to check your home before re-establishing occupancy.
Mold, which can contribute to a wide range of health problems, is an incredibly common issue after flooding because homeowners are often unaware of the extent to which their home has sustained water damage. Any furniture and belongings that have been exposed to flood waters that cannot be 100% cleaned should be thrown out. A doll you can throw in the washing machine is fine—a sofa that spent hours soaking, though, will become a haven for spores. Mold can also grow in your walls and under your floors. Contact a mold remediation specialist to make sure these areas are completely dried and sanitized in order to prevent mold growth.
Your Car Isn’t a Duck
Many people assume that if their car runs fine after a flood, they don’t have anything to worry about. It’s important to have your car checked on if it was caught in a flood because the waters can cause erosion to the vehicle’s electronics, mechanical systems, and more.
Have you recently experienced a flood? Unfortunately, the trouble may not be over yet. Contact AAA Flood Drying – water damage restoration professional to make sure your home is safe from the after-effects of catastrophic flooding.