Along with causing serious damage, a flooded home also poses a serious threat to your health. Here are a few tips from our water damage restoration experts at Flood Pro, serving Irvine CA, on staying safe after a flood.
Certain pests like ants, termites, earwigs, mice, and others are attracted to water. Given enough time, these pests will eventually find their way toward a flooded home and take up residence there. Some of them can be carriers of dangerous diseases so it is critically important that you do all you can to keep them from entering your home in the first place.
To prevent future damage from accumulating, sealing off the damage as soon as possible is a critical step. Any good water damage restoration company will make it a priority to take care of this for you.
Mold growth is sometimes an unavoidable consequence of a flood. Mold can begin growing as soon as 24 hours after the flood so unless the water is removed extremely fast mold will likely begin to grow. Mold is associated with a broad range of health problems so make sure you are extra cautious if your mold begins growing due to the flood.
This isn’t a common consequence of flooding, but the possibility of it happening should not be taken lightly. One way you can mitigate the risk of this occurring is by having your contractor assess the damage and possibility of your home undergoing any structural collapses. All in all, this probably won’t be the first thing in your yard but it’s important to have it checked so you don’t need to worry about this dangerous possibility.
Sometimes a flood can cause the chemicals stored in your home to spill, or it can contain dangerous chemicals itself. Either way, you need to ensure these chemicals are disposed of properly so they don’t pose any unnecessary health risks for you and your family.
Any food or water liquids affected by the flood need to be thrown out. Even if you think the floodwater was completely free of contaminants, it is still a good idea to do this. It’s just not worth endangering your health over food or liquids which can be easily replaced. The same also goes for cosmetics and medications.
When all is said and done, the best way to stay safe after a flood is to simply keep out of your home until the water damage restoration process has been completed. This is probably inconvenient. However, it is worth it since doing so ensures your safety.
When all is said and done, your safety comes first. At Flood Pro, serving Irvine CA., our water damage restoration specialists hope you find these tips helpful for making your health a priority after a flood.