What illnesses black water damage can bring
Flood damage can bring on health problems, especially category three or the black water damage. (Photo Credits)
When flood damage takes place, health risks become inevitable especially when the water damage is classified as water damage category three or black water damage.
When homeowners had to be evacuated from their homes due to flood damage, and find themselves returning to their homes the chances of being exposed to black water damage is high.
KSFY.com shared ways to protect oneself from flood waters that could cause illnesses and discomforts.
“Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed. Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area. Also try and limit skin exposure to the flood water and cleaning chemicals by wearing long sleeves and pants. Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected. These include mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings, and most paper products.”
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The News Star also shared more information to protect its readers from category three water damage.
“A professional water damage restoration contractor with special drying equipment is the best and safest way to go. Yet, after a flood, many homeowners don’t have that option. For safety, wear protective clothing on legs, arms, feet and hands while cleaning up debris. Wear rubber gloves and goggles while handling flood-damaged items. Buildings constructed before 1978 may have lead-based paint. Sanding or scraping this paint creates a serious health hazard. Visit www.epa.gov/lead for more information about lead-based paint before disturbing it.”
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Restoration Master Finder also cautioned readers that no matter the source of black water damage, it will surely cause illness to whoever comes into contact with it especially if necessary precautions have not been followed. Residential Flood Company
“Regardless of the source, water damage can have negative effects on your health and it is categorized into the different types depending on the level of contaminants it contains. However, every type of water damage including clean water damage can create conditions that are hazardous to your health if ignored, making it very important to react quickly to all water damage. “
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Did you ever come into contact with black water damage?