Why Is Floodwater Dangerous?
Many of us fear floodwater for the threat it poses to property. But did you know floodwater also poses a serious health hazard? According to The National Severe Storms Laboratory, more people are killed in the U.S. by flooding each year than are killed by tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning.
Floodwater is often teeming with dangerous bacteria and contaminants, which can spread infectious diseases, contain chemical hazards and cause injuries. The worst contamination is caused by sewers or drains backing up in urban areas, or runoff from agricultural chemicals and animal waste in rural areas. In addition to microscopic contaminants, murky floodwaters may contain physical dangers such as downed power lines, sharp debris, or wild animals.
If your home is damaged by a flood, you should always assume that the floodwater is contaminated, even if you can’t see any obvious evidence within the water itself. Avoid contact with the water at all costs and contact professionals to assess the damage. At SERVPRO of Society Hill, we have the specialized training and equipment to carefully extract contaminated floodwater and return your home to safety.