You might assume that the worst of the danger is over once a flood ceases, however, flood cleanup can be just as dangerous as the actual flood itself. Contaminated water, electrocution, or fire are very real risks when you have a large scale flood in your home. Here are some things to look out for and be wary of when you have a flood in your house.
Be Cautious Of Downed Electric Lines
There are several types of flooding that you could experience, and only a portion of these floods are caused by natural disasters.
However, if the flood in your home is caused by a natural disaster, then you might need to be aware of electric lines being down. If you have standing water in your home and around it, and power lines are down, there is a risk of electrocution. Though this instance is rare, it is still a very real threat to be aware of. Try to get to safety and call the utility company in your area immediately.
Be Aware Of The Water Category
There are three water categories: clear, grey, and black. Clear water is tap water that is basically clean but is leaking out of your pipes.
This kind of flood water in your home is not dangerous other than it causing water damage.
Grey water is when there could be chemical, biological, or physical contaminants in the water. This proposes a risk if you come into contact with it. This could be water discharge from toilet bowls, dishwashers, or washing machines.
Black water is the most dangerous and has a high level of contaminants. This is usually from sewage or rising waters from a storm. Black water is not sanitary and should be avoided at all costs. This category of water damage should be handled by a professional restoration company.
Shut Off Utilities
When you have a flood in your home from a water leak, you don’t just have to worry about shutting the water off. However, it is important that you shut off your gas lines and electricity as well during these emergencies. If your not sure how to do that, then contact your utility company to help you figure it out or come out and do it for you. Gas and electricity can cause fires when they come in contact with flood water.
Flood cleanup alone can be very risky and should be carried out by a professional crew. Make sure you and your family stay safe by evacuating the area in cases of a widespread flood.
Flood in your home or business? Contact the professionals here at SERVPRO of Oldham/Shelby County today to speak to a Mitigation specialist. 502.241.6861