What Can Flood Water Do To Your Home After A Storm?
Following a storm, though many threats can occur as a result, one of the most likely is the danger of flood water. In fact, every year, various regions across the US are devastated by hurricanes, tornadoes, severe storms, and more. Once the storm has passed, seemingly, so has any threat to your well-being, property, etc. That's not necessarily the case, however. Some of the biggest dangers that can result – in addition to road closures, lack of supplies, and more – are the risks presented by standing floodwater.
If your business or residence has experienced a flood, for whatever reason, your fast action is crucial to the well-being of your family, your staff, your business, your home, etc. Here at SERVPRO, we understand that. That's why we stand ready – with 24-hour emergency services – to be of assistance.
Now, let's take a look at some of the threats we are referring to where floodwater is concerned.
Hazards of the Physical Nature
Though physical hazards do exist after a flood, other threats can be present. We’ll refer to those in a moment. First of all, however, let's talk about any physical hazards that may arise as a result of floodwater.
Beneath the surface of murky water, threatening animals and/or dangerous insects can be concealed. Sometimes, this depends on the storm’s location but, in southern and tropical regions such as Florida and Louisiana, alligators have found their way to areas they wouldn't ordinarily inhabit. As a result of the storm, they are perfectly happy to make use of a new home!
That's only one scenario, however. Even after a storm is done, flood water can contain dangers. Impossible to see until you actually encounter it, can be sharp metal or broken glass, which can cause significant injury.
Downed power lines are always a problem after a severe storm. This kind of damage, particularly if flooding has occurred, can be widespread and exceedingly dangerous. When in standing water, the risk of electrocution is high.
In addition to all of the above, it never fails that someone tries to cross a flooded area on foot or in a car. Regardless, drowning can be the result.
The CDC Weighs In On Flood Water
While we at SERVPRO cannot legally advise you on health effects, the CDC themselves have weighed in on the topic of standing flood water presenting health effects. In the event of a storm disaster, according to the CDC, the threat of numerous diseases becomes more likely (think West Nile and Norovirus). Why is this? The CDC tells us that infected water can spread diseases and bacteria to everything it touches. This includes the toys your children play with and articles of clothing.
Even if a storm is not particularly severe, depending on your location, flooding can happen. With insufficient drainage, an area can be flooded with even a medium amount of rain.
So, you can see the importance of proper cleanup and sanitation following a flood.
The Importance of Fast Action after a Flood
There can be many different sources of water damage. In addition to heavy rains, things like broken appliances, faulty plumbing, and more can cause a flood in your home or business. What's truly important is that, as quickly as possible, you react. At SERVPRO, we know time is of the essence particularly when referring to water damage from a flood.
To create a plan for water restoration after a flood, count on our team of professionals. If you have experienced flood damage, don't hesitate another moment. Fast action is crucial! Contact us today.