Greenville, North Carolina gets about fifty inches of rain per year. When the rains come down evenly in the spring, we have fantastic southern gardens. However, if a massive amount of water gets inside, it can make the home a dangerous place. In fact, among all weather-related natural disasters, floods are the most common and expensive. The U.S. Geological Survey also calculates that every year heavy rains cause billions of dollars in damage and kill hundreds of people.
Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, urges a preparedness plan since the dangers of floods continue after water levels stop rising. According to Accuweather, five factors to remember when recovering from a flood:
Contact the proper authorities, such as the electric company, the police department or the fire department to determine if damaged electrical power and natural gas lines are safe. Disconnect utilities if an odor, fraying wiring or sparks are present. Only turn the power on or off if you can do so from a dry location; otherwise, call an electrician.
More than 400 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning a year. Generators, pressure washers, charcoal grills and other fuel-burning tools collect dangerous concentrations of the gas in when used indoors. The CDC recommends not using these in enclosed areas; use in combinations with battery-powered carbon monoxide detectors outside all sleeping areas.
Remaining floodwater may be mixed with sewage or other hazardous chemicals. While most incidents do not cause widespread outbreaks, either ingesting or exposing an open wound to the floodwater increase the risk of diarrheal diseases or infection. So dry out, wash, then disinfect linens and all hard surfaces. Discard all food in cardboard containers. Remove anything that cannot be cleaned i.e contaminated drywall and insulation.
People who are sensitive to molds or who have chronic lung illnesses can have reactions varying in severity from eye irritation to lung infections. Mold can dry out, but the dried spores can still pose a respiratory risk so proper cleanup is essential after a flood. Trust a professional water damage remediation team to thoroughly check for potential sources.
Never enter swiftly flowing water, and do not try to drive or walk through standing water because the road could be compromised. Driving through moving water can be deadly since even 6 inches of water may cause one to lose control, and 2 feet of water can carry most cars away. “Turn around, don’t drown.”
Whether your water damage was caused by the weather or by broken pipes, the residue can destroy more than just carpets and floors. It can lead to dangerous and costly problems for homeowners. ACC Restoration knows just how important immediate attention is to restore your home.
A fast response time can drastically reduce the loss your property experiences and the cost of restoration. Don’t risk the health of your home. ACC Restoration is bonded, insured, certified and ready to help you with mold remediation, water damage restoration, carpet cleaning, and repair. Call (252) 689-8188 for immediate service.