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Health Risks Following a Basement Flood

If your basement is flooded, Flood Services Canada, the leading provider of basement flood cleanup in Brampton, recommends having it cleaned immediately after the flood. If you do not, you could be putting your family’s health in danger, as a number of health risks can arise following a flood.

The biggest risk is mould. If anyone in your family suffers from any respiratory ailments, mould will greatly exacerbate these conditions. Mould can start to develop within 48 hours of a flood, which is why you must take steps to properly dry the area immediately; this includes extracting the water and installing the appropriate drying equipment. If your basement has flooded, we recommend booking our services right away. The period immediately following major storms tends to be busy for businesses that provide basement flood cleanup in Brampton, so book quickly to avoid the rush!

If the flooding in your basement was caused by a sewage backup, you must also start the cleanup immediately. In addition to the unpleasant odours, sewage also carries a variety of bacteria that can cause serious health problems. Be sure to wear protective clothing at all times when cleaning up after a flood due to a sewage backup.

Since sewage contains bacteria and other substances that can cause illness, we also recommend leaving the cleaning to the professionals who have all the proper equipment and protective gear. We strongly recommend contacting us at Flood Services Canada immediately following a flood due to a sewage backup.

Cleaning up quickly also avoids causing damage to the structure of your home, which can lead to costly home repairs. There are steps you can take before we arrive for basement cleanup in Brampton that will lessen the chance of any potential health issues developing.

Start by removing any valuable and irreplaceable items and setting them aside in a safe area for inspection, cleaning, and restoration. Relocate any unaffected items that are sitting above the affected area and place them somewhere safe for cleaning and disinfecting due to airborne sewage contamination. Once all items are removed, seal all the vents and doors leading to the area affected by the sewage and leave the windows open to air out the area affected by the sewage backup.

Flood Services Canada also warns clients to not use any drying equipment until the sewage contamination is removed; if you do, the drying equipment may cross-contaminate by blowing airborne pathogens throughout the indoor environment. Always wear protective clothing and keep the area well ventilated when entering anywhere that has suffered a sewage backup in Brampton.

Be aware that according to health and safety standards, during a sewage drain backup in Brampton, all affected porous materials, such as clothing, couches, pillows, and stuffed toys should be documented on paper, along with a photo, and then disposed of to the garbage. You may attempt to salvage, clean, and disinfect irreplaceable porous items, but this may be dangerous to one’s health. Children’s toys should be thrown out if they have been contaminated by sewage, even if they are not porous.

Doing what you can to prevent further loss is always a good thing, but always let the professionals decontaminate a sewage backup in Brampton. Contact Flood Services Canada for help with sewage backup and basement flood cleanup in Brampton today!

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Chad Vanvari

Chad Vanvari has over 20 years of experience as a cleaning & restoration professional. He started out in Montreal, establishing a commercial carpet cleaning company in the early 1990’s. By 2001, Chad had relocated to Toronto and now had extensive knowledge and experience in responding to fire/water related emergencies. He has been instrumental in the cleanup of several catastrophic floods. Currently, Chad is the president and owner of Flood Services Canada, a 24/7 emergency service restoration company.