After a flood, whether it’s weather-related or caused by a broken pipe, your home or business is at risk from 3 hidden problems:
- Structural problems
Once the water recedes and you’ve cleaned up the mess, these hidden dangers can continue to cause problems for months or even years. The best way to cope with them is to call a water damage restoration professional like ServiceMaster Bay Area immediately after a flood.
Mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours under the right conditions. All mold spores need are moisture, warmth, and a food source such as wood, paper, upholstery or other organic material. After a flood, those conditions are virtually guaranteed. The best way to prevent mold is to dry the area thoroughly, as quickly as possible. If you suspect there has been standing water in your home or business for over 24 hours, call a mold remediation specialist.
Black Water Safety
Experts classify floodwaters into three categories:
- Category 1: Clean Water. This is water that would normally be safe to drink, such as water from a faucet that was left on or a clean water pipe that burst.
- Category 2: Grey Water. This is water that has been contaminated, but not through human waste. Examples of grey water include runoff from your laundry or dishwasher.
- Category 3: Black Water. This is water that has been contaminated with fecal matter, such as sewage backup. This is the most dangerous type of floodwater, and always requires professional cleanup.
Floodwaters resulting from weather events are usually considered black water, because there is no way to know that they haven’t been contaminated with fecal matter.
Other Water Damage Problems
Standing water can damage the overall structural integrity of the building and the individual components that make up your home or business. For example, if floodwaters have knocked down power lines, the water itself may be electrified. On a smaller scale, if appliances were plugged in when your basement flooded, they could have shorted out. Even a small amount of electrified water can cause serious injury.
Start the Water Damage Restoration Process ASAP
Water damage isn’t something to be taken lightly. The best way to restore your home or business and return to normal is to call a reputable water damage restoration professional.