Flooded Basements and Health Risks
Unfortunately a flooded basement is a hassle many of us have to deal with at least once in our life. When we think of flooded basements we may only think about the physical damage it does. But we must also understand the health risks that are associated with it.
Let’s say there was a rapid rainfall in your area and the sump pump in your basement failed. Because of that failure, water begins to leak into your basement. It may only be a small seepage just causing the floor to dampen a little or it could be as much as standing water. Whatever the case may be your basement has now become a breeding ground for mold, mildew and other bacteria.
Mold has long been known to be associated with causing breathing problems in people with asthma; it may also cause nausea, diarrhea, irritation to your eyes and other harmful effects. Once mold grows in your basement it could be very time consuming to get rid of, plus mold smells bad.
Mold and mildew are nothing compared to if your basement is flooded with sanitary water or more commonly known as sewage water. If this is the case then the health risks increase tenfold. Raw sewage and fecal matter result in coliforms in the water that can cause a number of diseases, including Escherichia coli or more commonly known as E. coli. If your basement is flooded with sewage water you should not walk or wade through the standing water. You should also avoid drinking or eating anything that may have been contaminated with the water. You should also clean and disinfect any contact food surfaces such as counter tops, refrigerators, tables or anything else that comes in contact with the sewage water.
If your basement is flooded with either storm water or sanitary water it is imperative you contact the experts at Restoration Local at 1-888-443-3110 so they can pinpoint the causes of the flooding and fix it, which will decrease your chances of any health risks that may arise. Our water restoration providers offer a full range of services designed to return your home to its pre-flood condition. Visit Restorationlocal.com to find a water restoration provider in your community. Not only do flooded basements cause a significant amount of physical damage to your property but it also brings a substantial amount of health risks as well.