Do you have flood damage to your home or business? Flood water carries bacteria and other contaminants that make cleaning up flood water more dangerous than “clean” water damage. Flood water typically comes from a storm and rain, when rain water enters your home it also brings in a lot of dirt, debris, bugs, bacteria and other things from the ground outside.
Infectious Diseases From Flood Water
- Eating or drinking anything contaminated by flood water can cause diarrheal disease (such as E. coli or Salmonella infection). To protect yourself and your family:
- Practice good hygiene (handwashing with soap and water) after contact with flood waters.
- Do not allow children to play in flood water areas.
- Wash children’s hands with soap and water frequently (always before meals).
- Do not allow children to play with toys that have been contaminated by flood water and have not been disinfected.
- For information on disinfecting certain nonporous toys, visit CDC Healthy Water’s Cleaning and Sanitizing with Bleach section.
- Open wounds and rashes exposed to flood waters can become infected. To protect yourself and your family:
- Avoid exposure to flood waters if you have an open wound.
- Cover open wounds with a waterproof bandage to reduce the chance of infection.
- Keep open wounds as clean as possible by washing well with soap and clean water.
- If a wound develops redness, swelling, or oozing, seek immediate medical attention.
- Vibrios are naturally occurring bacteria that live in certain coastal waters. They can cause a skin infection when an open wound is exposed to salt water or a mix of salt and fresh water, which can occur during floods.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible if:
- There is a foreign object (soil, wood, metal, or other objects) embedded in the wound;
- The wound is at special risk of infection (such as a dog bite or a puncture by a dirty object);
- An old wound shows signs of becoming infected (increased pain and soreness, swelling, redness, draining, or you develop a fever).
Flood Water Cleanup
There can be a lot of danger when cleaning up flood water, we recommend you hire a professional restoration contractor to clean up your flood damage. The professional restoration contractor will have the proper training, experience, and protective equipment for the cleanup. Cleaning up flood water is similar to cleaning up sewage damage because of the precaution for bacteria and diseases. Call us today for immediate response.