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Facts About Stagnant Water In Your Home

Whether your home is suddenly flooded as a result of heavy rain or a leak somewhere in your home, it is crucial that you understand the hazards of water damage and stagnant water inside your house. When stagnant water is not quickly cleaned up, it is more likely to pose a danger to your well-being. Here are some facts about stagnant water in your home and how a home water damage restoration service, such as Structure Medic, can help keep you and your family safe.

Health Risks

Standing water can quickly turn stagnant, becoming a breeding ground for parasites, mold, and bacteria. Mold can start to grow and proliferate in a couple of days, and it can be very dangerous to people with allergies, breathing problems, or compromised immune systems.

Contaminated water may also pose a significant health risk for the young and the old. Not only is stagnant water a hospitable environment for harmful microorganisms, but it can also attract rodents and insects. Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water, and they can easily get into your home through screen doors. They can carry diseases such as malaria and the West Nile virus, and if the water is not cleaned up, mosquitoes can rapidly reproduce, causing an infestation inside your home. 

Eliminating Standing Water

A home water damage restoration specialist can clean up the water and mitigate the damages. To do this, the technician will use a special pump or vacuum to suck up the water, while placing absorbent cloths over the smaller areas of water. After the standing water has been removed, the floors will be dried to reduce the risk of structural damage and mold growth.

The technician will also safely remove water-damaged materials such as woodwork, baseboards, drywall, carpeting, and underlying padding. To help speed up the drying process, the restoration professional may place floor fans around your home until the areas completely dry out.

After the water-damaged material has been removed, the areas will be cleaned and sanitized to discourage future mold and bacterial growth. After all areas are dried, cleaned, and sanitized, the carpeting, baseboards, and drywall will be replaced, and if needed, the rooms will be painted. 

If your home has flooded as a result of heavy rain, melting ice, or broken water pipes, call a home water damage restoration specialist. Do not attempt to mitigate the damage on your own because if you are inexperienced, you may cause further damage to your home or sustain an injury.