Flood damage is definitely something that cannot be shrugged off by any property owner. For one, it can be physically limiting, very destructive and at the same time it negatively affects the health of the home occupants.
More importantly, it is a safety hazard. http://sodastreamboycott.org/tips-for-hiring-a-flood-damage-restoration-company/
The Institute for Restoration Cleaning and Certification or IICRC shared in its website, valuable information on the dangers brought about by flood damage.
“When water pools in the home, it will quickly soak through anything it comes in contact with. If it contains contaminants, all organic materials, like textiles and wood, will likely need to be restored. This is because contaminated liquid is the perfect environment for hosting a variety of microbes, including deadly viruses and bacteria. Floods, for example, are typically infested with cholera, hepatitis and other serious diseases. Mold is also a primary concern when water collects in the home. Mold left unchecked will spread quickly through the home by releasing spores into the air. This means that a mold colony can even reach parts of the house that seem dry.”
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More Health Hazards
WikiPedia also shared the health hazards of Water Damage in one of its entries. “Slight discolorations on the walls and ceiling may go unnoticed for a long time as they gradually spread and get more severe. Even if they are noticed, they often are ignored because it is thought that some discoloration will occur as a part of normal wear and tear in a home. Molds spread throughout the living space leading to serious health consequences. Symptoms caused by mold allergy are watery, itchy eyes, a chronic cough, headaches or migraines, difficulty breathing, rashes, tiredness, sinus problems, nasal blockage and frequent sneezing.”
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In its website the National Flood Insurance Program detailed the steps to take once flood damage hits a home or property, so as to avoid further safety hazards and to start the restoration process immediately.
“After experiencing a flood, contact your agent or insurance company to file a claim. Make sure you have the following information handy: (1) The name of your insurance company;
(2) Your policy number; (3) A telephone and/or email address where you can be reached at all times; (4) An adjuster should contact you within a few days of filing your claim. If you do not hear from an adjuster, you can contact your insurance agent or company again.”
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Flood damage can be a huge safety risk. Immediately acting on it is key to minimizing further damage and safety hazards.