The health risks of home water damage begin with the flooding but may persist after the clean-up. Water intrusion into any indoor environment causes a number of primary and secondary hazards to residents. Any time significant flooding from any source exterior or interior affects your house, it’s a good idea to consult a water damage specialist as soon as possible to deal with the immediate issues, as well as, any long-term health risks of home water damage that may ensue. Here are the three major issues:
- Standing water. Wherever standing water even if it’s rainwater or freshwater from a source, like a broken water line remains in a house for any length of time, microorganisms develop and multiply. Standing water is a common breeding ground for viruses and bacteria that typically become airborne. Outdoors, these pathogens usually disperse in the open air with little threat of illness. However, inside an enclosed house, they may reach concentrations that cause illness when inhaled, including pneumonia and other respiratory issues.
2. Sewage reflux. Localized flooding may swamp municipal sewer systems and cause raw sewage to reflux into residences. Or, your own sewer line may become blocked and back up. Untreated sewage is a biohazard associated with many illnesses. It should be approached by qualified water damage experts with the proper equipment to clean up sewage and disinfecting chemicals to fully neutralize the health threat.
3. Toxic mold growth. The presence of water inside a home converts dormant mold spores into active, growing mold. This process begins within hours of flooding or other water damage and continues unabated, even after the water is removed. Active mold releases millions of reproductive spores into your indoor environment, a frequent source of allergic responses and a wide variety of symptoms in susceptible individuals. As soon as home water damage occurs, the clock is ticking on serious mold contamination. Professional mold removal experts should be consulted to take the necessary steps ASAP to inhibit mold contamination in the home before it becomes widespread.
Minimize the health risks of home water damage by being alert and fixing all plumbing and home leakage concerns in a fast and timely manner. Don’t wait until it’s too late. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ as they say. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your plumbing needs call Green Apple Mechanical & Plumbing NJ. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priorities. Call today toll-free @888-315-5564