The Dangers of Water Damage: Standing Water Health Hazards

The Dangers of Water Damage: Standing Water Health Hazards

Standing water most commonly occurs in the event of flooding, but can happen anytime, anywhere. Also referred to as stagnant water, this type of water damage can quickly become dangerous to your health and leave lasting damage to your home.

Standing water poses the biggest threat during Florida’s hotter summer months when it becomes a breeding ground for disease-ridden insects like mosquitoes and dragonflies. When left undisturbed, insect larvae quickly grow into adults that become airborne carriers of disease, including the Zika virus, malaria, and more. Even worse, your pets can become susceptible to diseases spread by mosquito infestation, such as tapeworms and heartworms.

Inside your home, standing water will significantly increase the rate at which mildew and mold colonies spread, particularly hazardous black mold. Black mold is especially toxic to your health, and if left untreated, will lead to future respiratory issues and other health problems. Black mold growth is especially dangerous for people with allergies, asthma sufferers, and weakened immune systems.

Because water damage can become a breeding ground for insects and bacteria, stagnant water poses a significant health threat to open wounds. If your open wound comes into contact with dirty water, seek medical attention immediately to prevent it from becoming infected.

Prevent Standing Water and Fight Mold and Water Damage to Your Home

Staying safe is simple if you’re aware of the risks of standing water, but if your home has suffered flooding damage, contact the emergency property restoration experts at ServiceMaster Clean and Restore. When it comes to flood damage restoration, every second counts! Our team is standing by 24/7 to ensure your property is in good hands. From emergency storm services to flooding damage repairs and more, choose the professionals you can trust. Protect your home and your health with ServiceMaster Cleaning and Restoration services today.

Emergency Cleaning Services in Palm Beach County

ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration Services is the leading authority when it comes to residential and commercial disaster restoration, floor care services, and carpet and upholstery cleaning. In addition to providing expert water and fire restoration services in the Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Delray, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and the greater West Palm Beach area, we offer mold remediation for your home or office. If needed, we also provide pack-out services after you’ve experienced a disaster, and can quickly and safely remove unaffected items from your home or office to assist in the restoration process. For more information, please visit us online at www.svmcr.com or call (561) 242-2798.

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