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Many Risks Lurk After a Flood

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

A house is surrounded by floodwater Once you've survived the flood after a big storm, you need to take precautions to survive the risks posed by floodwater.

Phew! You and your property survived a big storm. But now, your home or business is flooded. It’s time for the big cleanup job, or perhaps you and your family need to evacuate. In either case, you need to be extra cautious to avoid risks that follow a flood.

Dangers Inside Your Home

Post-flood, you’ll face several hazards, even if you can stay in your home. For instance, do you have a supply of food and water that can sustain your family for a few days? How about an emergency kit in case of injuries?

And then there’s the looming cleanup. The floodwater inside your home poses a threat in the form of debris, chemical and other types of contamination, snakes and wildlife, and the potential for mold growth.

Dangers Outside Your Home

If you do leave your home, you face several more risks from the floodwater. First of all, what’s in that water? It could be any or all of these:

  • Sharp debris
  • Live electrical wires
  • Sewage
  • Chemicals, oil and gasoline

Because of this, try not to walk through floodwater. If you must, put on protective gear, like rubber gloves and boots. And take it slow and steady: did you know that just 6 inches of fast-moving floodwater can knock an adult over?

Dangers in Your Car

Likewise, if you attempt to drive through floodwater, be very careful. Floodwater can be deceptive, and only 12 inches of water can cause your vehicle to float, putting it at risk of being carried into a current. And if you drive or get pulled into water, you run the risk of stalling out and getting trapped inside your car. Even if you can navigate the floodwater, beneath the water can lurk debris that can damage your car or tires, downed electrical wires that can electrocute you and washed-out pavement that can make it impossible to drive.

So, stay safe after a flood by being aware of the many risks posed by floodwater. And make your recovery from the flood and the resulting damage easier, faster and safer by calling on an experienced water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of West Hartford. We’ll arrive promptly and handle the start-to-finish process of remediating the water damage to your home or business.

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The team at SERVPRO of West Hartford has specialized training and experience in natural disaster and storm damage cleanup, water damage remediation, fire restoration services and chemical cleanup. Call SERVPRO of West Hartford (860.206.6141) any time.

If your home or business suffers damage from a storm or other natural disaster, call SERVPRO of West Hartford today at 860.206.6141

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