Water damage can happen to anyone at any time, and the effects of it are vast. The rain might come down a little heavy, or the snow might melt, and the fresh surge of water rushes to the lowest point of the land, ruining everything in its path and causing thousands of dollars in damage. The basement of a home or office building is the number one target simply because of its location. Being at the lowest point in elevation is inviting water to come right in. If you’re ever in the market for a new house, building on a hill is a huge advantage.
The foundation of most buildings is strong enough to withstand some water from the typical rain or snow melt. However, the increased volume subjects it to much more pressure, and water always finds a way in. Water can damage walls, ceilings, furniture, electronics, the plumbing system, and more with ease. We only mentioned external sources. What happens if the bathtub overflows, the washing machine breaks, or the sink or toilet gets clogged and empties out. Gallons of water rush out.
The water cleanup isn’t usually the dangerous part, it’s typically what happens next. Water damage usually goes hand in hand with both mold growth and sewage cleanup. Water floods the sewer systems before it reaches any other buildings the majority of the time. This poses serious health risks because raw, untreated sewage can spill out onto the streets and even make its way into your home or office.
Any amount of water encourages mold growth because mold spores need a damp environment to thrive. With some airflow and a damp location (like a flooded basement floor), mold can multiply rapidly. The spores of the mold can travel by air hundreds of feet, so it spreads easily. Mold, black mold especially, causes sneezing, coughing, respiratory problems, congestion, and can be very severe for anyone with asthma. The best advice we can give is to call a professional to remove mold right away! The longer is sits, the worse the problem becomes and the more damage it can cause.
Sewage is even worse than mold. Raw sewage is water containing excrement, mainly human. The side effects of exposure are diarrhea, vomiting, and in some cases death. There are a number of diseases that can be contracted as well simply by breathing in this toxic air. Never risk the health of yourself or your family by leaving the situation untreated. Call a professional sewage removal expert right away, like our partner in Boston, Massachusetts. True pro’s will come in with the proper equipment to handle the mitigation and cleanup efforts in an efficient and effective manner. Of all of the issues related to water damage, removing sewage is one of if not the highest priority.