Flooding: 4 Health Dangers Homeowners Need To Be Aware Of

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Flooding has made its way into the national consciousness recently, thanks to the battering from two successive hurricanes. Irma and Harvey, impacting Florida and Texas respectively, and their aftermath is still wreaking havoc on the US. The cost of repairing the damage could be overwhelmingly high.

 

Even if you weren’t affected by these two storms, it seems a pertinent time to consider the possible aftermath of catastrophic flooding. Given how rare widespread flooding is, you might not be aware of the risks this phenomenon can pose to your home — so let’s dive on in, so if the worst happens, you know what you have to do to cope…

 

  1. Disease

 

Where there is standing water, there is the potential for the disease — it really is that simple. That’s why the aftermath of widespread flooding is often not truly tallied until months or years later; it might not be obvious in the initial moments after a flood, but eventually, the effects will be obvious. Standing water leads to an increase in the mosquito population, which puts residents at risks long after the flood waters have eventually receded — that increase in population doesn’t just drain away with the water.

 

In the aftermath of a flood, it’s essential that you take all steps necessary to protect your home from the potential population growth of unpleasant bugs and flying insects. Steps such as mosquito misting are vital, as soon as possible after the flood itself. It’s also important to make a mental note to wear insect repellent when you’re out and about in your local neighborhood.

 

  1. Black Mold

 

If any area of your house is left too wet for too long, then the risk of black mold because ever-more likely. Black mold can be incredibly toxic, so don’t underestimate how potent it can be in the moment and also as a trigger for allergies. Inspect all areas that have been affected frequently, even after the flood water has receded.

 

  1. Weak Floorboards

 

Water and wood don’t tend to mix well. You could find that the floorboards have been weakened by prolonged exposure to water. Even the ground floor of your home could be damaged, so peel back the flooring and check everything still looks as it should do. If in doubt, contact a flooring specialist to do a thorough assessment.

 

  1. Subsidence

 

If your house was sitting in water for any longer than a couple of days, there is always a chance it may damage the structure of your house. If this is a situation that you experience, it’s vital you seek the advice of a structural engineer to ensure your house is still safe.

 

There’s very little you can do to prevent catastrophic flooding, but as the above show, you do have some control over how you respond to it occurring.

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