Safety Hazards and Health Risks from Indoor Flood

Flooding does not only happen outside your home. It can also happen inside for a number of reasons. Some of the most common reasons for indoor flooding include a burst pipe, a leaky appliancesewage overflow or a washer line break.  

No matter what caused your indoor flood, you should be aware that there are lots of health risks and safety hazards involved with flooding. The problem does not end when the water subsides. Mold and mildew may create health risks and safety issues. Some primary concerns that accompany indoor floods include:

Safety Hazards and Health Risks from Indoor Flood

  • Diseases – Water that is left standing can become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria that cause any number of waterborne illnesses. An indoor flood that is caused by sewage backup also brings with it contaminants that can cause disease.
  • Skin Infections – Outside water that flows into your home can cause skin infections and other ailments. That is because these floodwaters carry contaminants from the outside that include insects, animal feces, dirt, chemicals, and other harmful substances.
  • Electrical dangers – Power outlets, electrical wires, and appliances that contact flood water can become conduits for electrical currents. When your home is flooded and the main power switch is still on, walking in flood water can lead to electrocution that could be fatal.
  • Debris – Another safety hazard caused by outdoor flooding that enters your home includes damages caused by debris such as tree branches, broken glass, and other sharp objects that may injure you or other members of your family. To remain safe, avoid walking in floodwaters that may contain debris.
  • Molds and mildew – Mold and mildew thrive in moist, dark places. An indoor flood provides an ideal environment, with moisture hidden in walls and under floorboards. Mold is most dangerous, causing respiratory illnesses, headaches, allergic reactions, and even certain types of cancer.

If your home in the Greater Tulsa, OK area has flooded and you need help with the reconstruction efforts, you need to contact All-Star Disaster Restoration. We can handle any type of water damage such as toilet overflow, plumbing overflow or a condenser line leak with your AC unit. We can also take care of mold and mildew growth to eliminate the accompanying health risks. When you need our services, contact us online or give us a call at 918-347-4640 to schedule your appointment or get a free estimate.

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