Immediate Dangers After a Flood | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County
With rising waters and potential structural damage, the initial start of a flood is a dangerous time. However, after the rain stops in Western Dutchess County and the skies clear, there are still hazards that can lurk in the floodwaters.
It is important to be aware that the dangers do not stop after the water ceases to rise. Here are three dangers that are present in the immediate time after a flood:
Damage to Utility Lines
Floodwaters can cause damage to electrical power lines, as well as propane or gas sources according to the Centers for Disease Control. If it is safe to do so, you can turn off these utilities to minimize fire hazards—but if the main control requires you to access it through water, it is best to call an electrician.
Contact with Dirty Water
Floodwater can mix with sewage or hazardous substances, as well as hide power lines or dangerous objects in its depths. This dangerous water can lead to infection in open wounds, and ingesting it can pose serious health risks. Because of these dangers, it’s best to consult the experts when it is time to clean up.
Contact with Moving Water
No matter how shallow it is, never try to walk or drive through flowing water. It can take as few as six inches of water for drivers to lose control of vehicles or to knock an adult off his or her feet.
The Aftermath of Flooding
Following these immediate dangers, in the days and weeks after a flood, it is important to be vigilant about mold growth. An area affected by a flood poses the ideal environment for mold to grow, and it only takes a single spore to start an infestation. Proper mold remediation is essential after a flood to prevent future issues and keep the air in your home healthy.
If you need help with flood cleanup or mold remediation at your home or business in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Wappingers or Beacon, we’re here for you! Call us today, we’re here to help and will make any damage situation “Like it never even happened.”