A flood, whether it’s from something as massive as a storm or as insidious as a plumbing break, can cause a great deal of immediate concern for you and your loved ones—but the trouble doesn’t end after the water stops flowing. In the days following a flood, new dangers can, and often do, rear their heads, many of which are completely unrelated to the sudden deluge of water.
Below, CCS Cleaning & Restoration, your Faribault providers of professional cleaning services, discuss just what you need to look out for post-flood—and what you can do about it.
Bacteria and Disease
In severe cases, where the flood is quite widespread, pools of water may spread throughout your community for extended periods of time. Floods can and do increase the potential spread of waterborne diseases, but “this risk is low unless there is significant population displacement and/or water sources are compromised,” the World Health Organization states. In other words: so long as you’re not in the midst of a major disaster, you have nothing large-scale to panic about.
That being said, water damage on a smaller scale can also lead to the spread of disease within isolated homes. This is especially true if the water damage involves gray or black water—terms used for water that isn’t safe to drink.
A hazard in both isolated water damage instances and larger-scale ones, this isn’t something as low-key as static electricity. Instead, this results from downed electrical wires or flooded appliances making any pools of water dangerous to enter. Water and electricity don’t mix, after all. It’s why we mention it heavily in our water damage blog on how to stay safe when disaster strikes.
Many different types of mold exist naturally both inside and outside your home. Tiny microscopic mold molecules, called spores, live in the air. Given the right conditions, these spores can start to grow and germinate.
Typically, mold requires a dark, damp space to propagate. These conditions are exactly what remain following a flood. Mold can live within any organic material such as drywall, carpeting, ceiling tiles, and it can even take up residence even within the unseen structural aspects of your home.
If left unchecked, mold can lead to serious health problems, including nasal congestion, coughing, and chronic upper respiratory infections. Infants, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are at an extremely high risk of developing severe health conditions if exposed to mold for extended periods of time.
The Takeaways Regarding the Potential For Danger With Water Damage
Floods can result from a maintenance malfunction, damaged infrastructure, or Mother Nature. There are several immediate dangers following a flood, including the potential for disease, electrical shock, and mold infestations. Due to the dark, cool spaces that floods and water damage create, mold can reproduce and spread quickly, often completely out of sight.
The Need for Mold Removal Services and Water Clean-Up
To successfully remove mold, it is always best to call a pro. A professional provider of cleaning and restoration services will screen the flooded area and detect the presence of mold and hidden water damage.
Once the mold and damage locations are identified, a team will work to remove and dispose of any infested carpeting, drywall, or ceiling tiles. In areas of your home that can be saved, the team will use commercial cleaning products that will kill any mold or mold spores, preventing the infestation from returning in the future.
CCS Cleaning & Restoration: Top-Notch Emergency Mold Remediation and Water Damage Clean-Up
At CCS Cleaning & Restoration, we understand that a flood is a traumatic and difficult time for you and your family, and we want to make the aftermath as easy as possible. Our caring and professional team is here to take the mold remediation and water clean-up into our own hands so you can get back on your feet.
To learn more about our cleaning and mold remediation services, call our Faribault office today at 507-334-1774.