Before returning to your neighborhood and home to do flood damage cleanup, you should be aware that the tasks has potential health risks and hazards. Determine if you have allergies or illnesses that can be triggered by exposure to the different hazardous substances present during flood damage cleanup before proceeding with the task to avoid endangering yourself.
Electrical hazard is the most common and most anticipated danger associated with flood damage cleanup. Water can enter electric lines through outlets in your home. The only way to prevent exposing yourself to electrical hazards is by turning off the main power supply before entering your water-drenched home.
Before doing flood damage cleanup, learn what preventive and protective measures you should take in order to avoid recklessly endangering yourself. Make sure that waterproof boots, impervious gloves, and disposable long-sleeved and long pants are part of your cleaning outfit. If you are going to step into water that is more than knee-level (or level of your boots), don waterproof over-clothing. This is done in order to avoid contact with contaminated water during the flood damage cleanup.
Household products and wastes
Flood water, heavy wind, or heavy downpour may knock down household cleaning products or damage them causing the content to be spilled and mixed with flood water.
If your home had a sewage backup, then the risk is even greater. Untreated sewage carry viruses, germs, and other pathogenic microorganisms that can cause numerous diseases— some of which are serious; some, totally fatal.
Garden and farm chemicals
Garden chemicals are sometimes solid in form. When they get in contact with flood water, these chemicals may dissolve and combine with flood water. Floodwater may also carry chemical wash-offs from heavily fertilized farms.
If there are factories or pharmaceuticals near your home, or if there’s a river suspected of being contaminated with industrial chemicals or sewages, then it is be better to presume that the flood has been contaminated than not. This way, you can increase your protective measures against exposure to health risks while doing flood damage cleanup.
If you get exposed to contaminated floodwater and develop illnesses, allergic reactions, or something unusual in how you generally feel, discontinue work right away. Remove your protective suits, take off your clothes, wash parts of your body that has come into contact with flood water, then seek medical attention.
Meanwhile, the clothing that you used during flood damage cleanup should be laundered right away. Cleaning apparels that cannot be laundered should be properly disposed.
While doing flood damage cleanup on your own can give you a lot of potential savings, you should take extreme care when doing it. A flood-damaged property poses electrical, bio-chemical, and other hazards. These hazards do not only pose serious problems to health, they can be fatal, too. And if you get exposed to these hazards because of carelessness or because you failed to follow preventive measures, the result might lead to larger costs and more serious consequences.