Many disgusting and hazardous materials may wind up in flood water and other pooling water that seeps into your home or floods your basement. Floodwater may have elements including animal manure, trash, organic waste, germs, and parasites. As a result, we encourage to you to take precautionary steps and call the professionals at Stover’s Restoration to assess the damage and threat before you put yourself in harm’s way.
Floodwaters can cause sickness or even death after exposure due to the hazardous materials that may be present in the water. It is not unusual for sewage to backflow into your home through sewer lines or your sump pump after heavy rains or flooding, increasing the level of contamination and risk present in the floodwaters. Sometimes this includes incredibly obvious foul odor, while other times no odor may be present. Flooding should always be treated as hazardous and cleanup should always be performed with the proper protective gear.
More types of dangerous waste will also blend into the rampant floodwaters. Pesticides, hazardous waste from infirmaries, toxic chemicals, and even radioactive substances could end up in the water. These chemicals in the flood water can poison somebody who comes into contact with it – whether it is consumed or taken in through the skin. It is imperative that every safeguard is taken to keep anyone that may be exposed to floodwater to remain protected.
Quick Flood Cleanup Checklist:
- Make certain all your immunizations are current before you attempt to perform any form of flood damage clean up.
- Drink bottled water until all threat of water contamination has been reviewed and an all-clear provided.
- Wear appropriate protective gear.
- Wash your hands often with fresh (bottled) water when working in the presence of wastewater/flood water.