Water damage and flooding is a huge threat to any homeowner. It is one of the most common types of damage that occurs to homes. Beyond the immediate damaging effects of a flood, however, are hazards that extend beyond the actual flooding. These hazards are much subtler, but they can be just as dangerous, if not more dangerous. At Complete DKI in the Fort Walton Beach area, we specialize in handling water damage issues that encompass all of these areas. Below are the three main hazards to look out for after the initial flooding or water damage has ended.
A large amount of water, like in a flood, carries tremendous force with it. Thus, floodwater moving as slowly as just five or ten miles an hour can cause significant structural damage to your home or property. In many cases, this damage is immediately apparent. However, it is possible for the water to have damaged the structure just enough to make it unsafe to be in yet the damage isn’t outwardly apparent. For this reason, it’s important to have your home looked at by a professional after going through a flood to ensure there isn’t any hidden structural damage that could pose a serious threat down the road.
The growth of mold is an almost inescapable consequence of flood and water damage. This is especially in humid areas such as Fort Walton Beach. Since mold thrives in damp, moist environments, it can grow out of control very quickly if not addressed. Mold can begin to grow as quickly as 24-48 hours after it has an environment to grow in. That’s why it is so important that you begin the process of removing all the excess water from your home and dry things out as soon as possible. Mold can have negative health effects for you and your loved ones if it spreads throughout your home. Commonly, people suffer from allergy and respiratory symptoms. However, serious conditions are more likely to develop for the young, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.
Oftentimes flood water contains contaminants that can seriously endanger the lives of people exposed to it. One of the most common contaminants is flood water mixed with sewage. There is a host of deadly, infectious diseases that can be found in sewage or otherwise contaminated water. Cholera, typhoid, and dysentery to name a few can all be contracted through filthy water and all of them can prove to be deadly.
It is important that if flooding occurs in your home you take extreme care around the floodwater. Wear protective clothing when around it, and remove anything in your house that has yet to be affected before it is contaminated as well. When this type of damage occurs though, it is always best to refer cleaning up the mess to the professionals.
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