Floods are unpredictable and can happen at anytime of the year. Whether they are caused by a heavy storm, a burst water pipe or from an overflow of a river or stream, floods can cause major damage, including long-term devastation for homes and neighborhoods.
What most people don’t realize is that, even after the initial flooding has stopped, the floodwaters themselves pose a serious threat and continue to be dangerous for some time. Below we share just a few instances where floodwaters have caused issues in the past:
1. Problems for Cars
Flooded roads, especially in rural areas, can become dangerous when people in cars attempt to cross those roads. Cars can easily become stranded and stuck in floodwaters, which can lead to damage of not only the vehicle, but also injury to passengers.
2. Diseases and Illness
Standing floodwaters become infected with bacteria and parasites that can lead to serious health issues. These include compounds such as E. coli, giardia or cryptosporidiosis. A splash of water that gets into our eyes, mouths or noses allows these harmful bacteria into our bodies where they can grow and wreak havoc.
3. Hazardous Materials
Depending on the source of the floodwaters and the route they followed, they may have come in contact with dangerous materials such as gasoline or septic tanks. Coming in contact with floodwater that has been exposed to such things can absolutely cause problems. Open wounds, no matter how small, can become infected and immune systems may be weakened.
Pools of water always attract bugs, including mosquitos. The problem with mosquitos is that they can carry and transmit very serious illnesses and diseases. Until floodwaters have completely subsided, they are a perfect habitat for these dangerous mosquitos.
Water and electricity never mix well. If a flood or storm has caused power lines to fall and they come in contact with standing water, the results can be absolutely deadly. There are other risks with electricity and standing water. For example, standing in a flooded basement and flipping a light switch can lead to injury and possible death.
The best thing to do when dealing with floodwaters is to avoid contact with them as much as possible until they have subsided or are cleaned up properly. You can avoid illness and injury by simply steering clear as much as possible.
If your home or office has been flooded and floodwaters are still present, call Best Choice Restoration right away. We’ll respond quickly to assess the situation and propose a clear solution. We’re available 24 hours a day at 480-319-1215.