Exposure to contaminated flood waters brings with it a number of serious health hazards, from illness and discomfort to poisoning and even death in some cases.
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) June 14, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage and flood restoration service in the United States, is recommending that property owners observe extra precautions when working with wells and septic systems following water damage. Flood waters from virtually any source may be contaminated with sewage, agricultural waste or industrial cast offs.
Exposure to contaminated flood waters brings with it a number of serious health hazards, from illness and discomfort to poisoning and even death in some cases. Property owners need to have an emergency preparedness kit in the event of such a problem, and this kit should include a water supply to last for three to five days.
Well water should be considered contaminated if the well has been partially or completely submerged during a flood, and this water should be considered unsuitable for drinking until such time as the water system has been disinfected and the water confirmed to be free of bacteria.
Flooding also commonly causes sewage systems to malfunction and overflow, with most backups occurring at the lowest elevation. Any and all saturated oils around a septic system may cause the system to drain more slowly than normal, resulting in a backlog of dangerous contaminants.
Ground water should be allowed to recede in order to allow the system to return to proper functioning. There may be signs of erosion of other damage to the sewage system, and these will need to be repaired promptly in order to ensure efficient and safe operation. Once the system has been exposed or damaged, the local health department should be called to investigate the scenario.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water and flood damage restoration and repair in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.