The Importance of Fast Response to Flood Cleanup

Posted by Staff Reporter on Mar 06, 2018 11:10 AM EST
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The Importance of Fast Response to Flood Cleanup

As winter slowly fades away and the warm weather approaches, we start to enter the time of year when floods are a potential. During this time, the snow is melting, and the rain is right around the corner. That can lead to quite a bit of water lying around that can seep into your basement causing a flood.

No matter the size of a flood, it is essential to clean it up as soon as possible. Even a puddle in the wrong area of a home can do some damage. Water will seep into every crack and crevice of a house which can warp flooring, damping walls and create the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow.

So if you are facing a flooded house, here are a few reasons as to why you should get to work right away with the flood cleanup.

Prevent Any More Damage

Chances are if you are dealing with a flood, there is going to be some form of damage done to your house or belongings. But you will want to stop any more damage from occurring by cleaning the water up as soon as possible. Sitting water starts to break down and damage almost anything in its way.

This also means stopping the source of the water. If it is a leaking pipe, clogged toilet, or it is seeping through a window, do what you can to stop the water from spreading. If you cannot prevent the water from coming in, it will keep spreading causing more damage in its path.

Prevent Any Mold Growth

As mentioned before, standing water develops the environment needed for mold and mildew. Mold thrives in damp, warm, dark and poorly ventilated areas. So by leaving water sit, you are allowing mold to grow.

There are different forms of mold that can grow. Some types are more severe than others, but you remove any mold you find in your home. Mold produces spores that are toxic to humans, especially if you already have respiratory problems like asthma.

So start preparing for flood cleanup as soon as you can to prevent any mold from growing. The quicker you can deal with the water, the less likely you will have to clean up mold afterwards.

Protect Your Health

Unless the water has been treated and filtered, you cannot guarantee it is safe for you. Water can hold many different bacteria, like E. coli and Salmonella that is harmful to your health. If you sewage system backs up, who knows what else is floating around in the water.

So quickly cleaning everything up helps reduce the chance of any health concerns from contaminated water.

Get Back to Normal

Dealing with a flood is not fun and is quite time-consuming. The quicker you can deal with the problem the faster your life will return to normal. Don't put off flood cleanup as it will only cause a more significant problem for you down the road.

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