If you live in a high-risk flood zone, chances are good that you already have preventative measures in place to avoid flooding in your home. However, if you don’t have measures in place and you find out too little too late when your home is in standing water, you’ll need to act quickly to avoid the risks of mold and bacteria growth after flooding.
What are the risks of mold and bacteria growth after flooding?
Mold and bacteria thrive in a damp environment, which is why it’s so important that you act quickly if you find yourselves in a flood situation. You have 24-36 hours to address the situation before mold and bacteria growth begin to take ground.
Some Risks of Mold and Bacteria Growth After Flooding:
- If mold growth occurs, it can cause severe breathing problems for asthmatics or those who have severe allergies. If it’s bad enough, symptoms may even begin to manifest in perfectly healthy individuals. Symptoms include aching muscles, wheezing, sore throat, and excessive tiredness (fatigue).
- Certain bacteria exposure can also cause a myriad of health problems, including skin infections and severe gastrointestinal problems.
- Materials which have had mold and/or bacteria exposure most likely need to be removed. In homes built before 1978, there is an added risk of lead paint exposure when removing these materials, which could lead to lead poisoning.
Whether you call a pro or do-it-yourself will all depend upon the severity of the flooding and whether or not you have the time and tools to address the problem quickly and properly. Other risks to the do-it-yourselfer can include electrical shock if the water reaches too high, homes collapsing from structural damage, and exposure to germs and viruses.
For more information on the risks of mold and bacteria growth after flooding, visit our Water Damage page, or contact us with any questions you might have.