Standing Water Dangers and How To Avoid Them

by | Jun 28, 2024 | Mold Remediation, Water Damage | 0 comments

At Total Restoration in Houston, TX, we know a lot about flooding damage. The reality is that standing water is dangerous to humans, houses, and pets if not treated properly. It is critical to make sure that your home is properly treated after water damage occurs. But, it is even better to take a few precautions to help avoid water damage before it happens. 

Whether it is because of flooding, burst pipes, heavy rains, or other reasons, this blog will help you understand the danger of water damage and give you some practical steps to avoid it.

Health Hazards

The most concerning dangers of standing water are health-related. If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, go to a doctor and call us immediately.

Mold and Mildew Growth

When mold and mildew are allowed to increase in stagnant water, they release harmful spores into the air. These spores can trigger various respiratory issues such as coughing, wheezing, and breathing difficulties, which can be especially problematic for individuals with allergies or asthma. 

Furthermore, mold and mildew exposure can lead to skin and eye irritation, headaches, and fatigue. If anyone in your household experiences these symptoms, it’s crucial to seek medical attention promptly.

Additionally, the growth of mold and mildew can compromise the structural integrity of your home or business, potentially resulting in significant damage and costly repairs. Mold can infiltrate walls, ceilings, and floors, causing them to weaken and even collapse over time. This structural damage not only jeopardizes the safety of your property but also necessitates extensive restoration efforts.

Bacterial Contamination and Vector-Borne Diseases

Extended exposure to stagnant water can have severe repercussions on our health. These repercussions include possible exposure to harmful bacteria and West Nile virus at many stagnant water sources. Here, we examine several health risks associated with stagnant water:

Skin Irritations

Stagnant water serves as a breeding ground for harmful pollutants like chemicals, pesticides, and animal waste. These contaminants can irritate the skin, leading to rashes and infections upon contact. Individuals with sensitive skin are particularly vulnerable, with prolonged exposure potentially causing conditions like contact dermatitis. Symptoms such as redness, inflammation, and persistent itching can be challenging to alleviate without prompt treatment.

Infectious Diseases

Stagnant water can harbor bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi, posing significant health risks. Ingestion or skin contact with contaminated water can lead to gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. The presence of high levels of fecal matter, chemicals, and other pollutants further exacerbates these risks, making stagnant water a potential source of infectious diseases.

Property Damage 

Foundation and Structural Weakening

Standing water poses a greater, long-term threat to buildings and homes than is commonly realized. As water infiltrates structural materials, it can significantly weaken the foundation of a building, resulting in cracks appearing in walls, ceilings, and floors. The longer the water persists, the more extensive the damage becomes, jeopardizing the structural integrity of the building. This can lead to sagging, warping, or in severe cases, complete collapse. 

Moreover, standing water can accelerate the decay and rot of wooden structures such as floors and walls, presenting a serious safety risk. Weakened wooden fixtures are prone to breaking, falling, or collapsing, potentially causing injuries or even fatalities. Therefore, addressing standing water promptly is essential to mitigate these risks and protect the safety of occupants and the integrity of the building.

Damage to Electrical Systems

Evacuating your home during rising waters is distressing, as homes and belongings are deeply personal. Returning post-storm to begin repairs is a natural urge, but entering a home with standing water is perilous due to the risk of electrocution from damaged electrical systems. To stay safe, ensure power is cut off at the meter by contacting the utility company, fire department, or a licensed electrician.

After a flood or major storm, prioritize a thorough electrical inspection. This assessment will check for damage to wiring, circuits, and grounding systems, crucial for preventing electrical hazards exacerbated by flooding. Taking these steps safeguards both your home and personal safety during the recovery process.

How Total Restoration Can Help

Water damage can wreak havoc on your property, but you don’t need to manage the restoration alone. At Total Restoration, we’re dedicated to easing your burden and helping you regain control. With our team’s extensive experience in working with insurance companies and adjusters, we guarantee to support you with documentation and oversee the processing of your claim from start to finish.

Why Choose Us?

Available 24/7 for Emergencies

Our team is prepared to respond promptly and effectively, ensuring immediate mitigation of damage and starting the restoration process without delay. With our round-the-clock availability, you can be confident that assistance is only a phone call away.

Experienced and Certified Team

Our team brings years of experience, successfully addressing a diverse array of restoration challenges. With our certified professionals, your property is in capable hands you can rely on.

Comprehensive, Integrated Solutions

Our turnkey solutions streamline the process by eliminating the need for multiple contractors and vendors. You’ll experience seamless communication, accountability, and the support of a dedicated project manager throughout every phase of your project.

Conclusion

To avoid these dangers like mold and mildew growth, diseases, and structural damages, make sure to be proactive by taking the proper preventative measures.

If you need professional assistance, contact Total Restoration. We desire to make sure you are safe and secure in your home no matter what kind of water damage occurs.

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