In the wake of severe weather, water lines are often compromised, and as such are unsafe for human consumption.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) February 13, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water restoration and mold removal services in the United States, is offering tips to homeowners on the best course for preventing the contamination of residential water supplies, and dealing with such a problem when it occurs. In the wake of severe weather, water lines are often compromised, and as such are unsafe for human consumption.
The first best choice is to always make use of bottled water whenever possible, since bottled water is proven to be clean from the source and the chances of contamination are extremely low. Bottled water is ideal for drinking, mixing baby formula, and providing sponge baths to small children.
When it comes to contaminated water, those at the greatest risk include children, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and the elderly, all of which may have either undeveloped or compromised immune systems. Children are especially vulnerable, since their still developing systems are less capable of fighting off any infections that may occur as a result of contact with contaminated water.
Some contaminating elements, such as gasoline or pesticides, may give themselves away by making the water smell bad, while others, such as lead or disease carrying organisms, may not have any effect on the appearance, smell, or taste of the water at all. This is why it is so imperative to make sure that the water supply serving your home is free and clear of contaminating bodies. Private wells should be professionally tested and certified as safe for consumption by local officials.
Flooded wells should be left alone and treated by state health officials, who can rid the area of contaminants and pronounce the well safe for use and consumption. All water should be considered contaminated in the aftermath of a flood or other severe weather event.
Much is made about the process of boiling water in the aftermath of a disaster, but few know the details that go into it. Water should be allowed to come to a rolling boil for a period of no less than one minute in order to kill off disease causing organisms. However, boiling does not remove harmful chemicals such as lead or other heavy metals. For the least risk possible, use bottled or jug water whenever possible.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of flood and water damage restoration in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.