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The Dangers Associated With a Flood

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Flooring removed to moisture, air movers and a dehumidifier drying out damaged area Flooded by stormwater in Lafayette, LA

Most Concerning Times During a Flood

Both during and after a flood, a number of dangers are present that can result in injuries and illnesses. To protect yourself and your family and pets, an awareness of these increased perils caused by flooding can be helpful. This list is not complete but it shows some of the most common concerns during this time:

  • Physical injuries such as cuts and abrasions
  • Infections due to contact with contaminated water and surfaces
  • Health consequences due to exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Asthma incidents due to mold exposure
  • Emotional trauma and increased stress

During this time, it is important to act with special care, especially when returning to a home in Lafayette, LA, that has been flooded. Staying away from standing water and wearing protective gear can reduce your chance of injury or illness.

Contaminated Water
Water is categorized by its level of cleanliness. Clean water is considered a 1, gray water is considered a 2 because it has some impurities in it, and black water is considered a 3 and should be considered harmful to human health. All water from flooding is categorized as a level 3 and should be handled by a professional storm remediation team. Trained and certified technicians will know the best techniques for black water and they can take care of other water damage problems in your home. Swift removal of water minimizes damage and reduces the chance of mold growth later on.

Flood Damage
Once the water has been removed, the surfaces of the home should be cleaned and sanitized. Another area of concern is the improper use of bleaches and disinfectants which lead to injury. Proper techniques and the right cleaning agents lead to fewer exposures and injuries, as does wearing gloves and face masks. Chemicals such as sodium hypochlorite should be avoided during the cleanup. Flooding is a serious threat to your home and property and should be addressed carefully.

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