Serious Health Risks Created By Flooding in Your Home

Flooding inside the home is definitely a huge inconvenience for families. It alters daily routines and overall quality of life at home, not to mention having more serious health risk implications. Typically, indoor flooding happens due to the following reasons:
  1. Broken or leaky pipes
  2. Blocked sink drains
  3. Blocked sewer
  4. Blocked rain gutters
  5. Faulty home appliances such as water heaters, dishwashers, and washing machines
Flooding
Flooding

Solution

All of these flooding sources can be fixed right away. Do not, however, attempt the DIY route; it’s best to turn to trusted plumbing professionals, because indoor flooding repair needs to be done systematically and according to the best sanitary standards. Special types of plumbing equipment are necessary in order to carry out repairs, and it’s imperative to identify the other contributory factors to flooding.

In the case of a blocked sewer, tree roots may have grown into them and an auger device may be necessary to get rid of the roots. You will need someone with experience to work the device and properly cut the roots. Perhaps they could also apply certain chemicals to prevent roots from growing into your sewer, blocking the flow of water, and causing water to back up into your home.

Plumbing service providers are ready to restore the proper working order of your home’s systems, but despite these, it remains imperative for you to understand how serious indoor flooding can be so that you can address the problem immediately.

Health Risks Associated with Indoor Flooding

Health risks are undeniably the main issue with flooding. They are more important than signs of structural damage because, as Blue Diamond repairs experts say, getting ill is truly a different level of suffering.

Below, they have listed the common health issues that indoor flooding can create:

1. Leptospirosis

If your home also struggles with rat infestation, your household is at high risk of contracting leptospirosis, a potentially fatal disease. The bacteria Leptospira are present in the urine of rats and if you’ve had rats urinate in your home, contamination spreads fast with flooding. If any member of your family contracts the disease through ingestion or through a break in the skin, he or she will experience:
  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice
  • Pain in the joints or muscles,
  • Rash
  • Reddish eyes, and other discomforts

2. Upper respiratory diseases

Molds can grow in wet and damp areas in just a matter of hours. If you don’t take care of flooding as soon as you possibly can, expect to deal with mold problems after 24 hours. Molds and mildew can cause people to contract upper respiratory diseases. Those with allergies and asthma can suffer the most.

3. Psychological distress

Most people are unable to  treat indoor flooding as a simple problem. It’s difficult not to worry about the extent of damage it can create to the home. Likewise, who isn’t grossed out by overflowing sinks, toilets and other home features connected to drains?

4. Gastrointestinal disease

You just never know how harmful germs and bacteria in dirty water can come in contact with things, which is why flooding should be taken care of by plumbing professionals as soon as possible. Stomach flu is a huge likelihood and it’s not easy or cheap to treat.

5. Skin infections and insect bites

Insects are always attracted to moisture and they easily populate in areas where there are leaks and stagnant water. Some fly around and bite people, spreading bacteria around (which may lead to Ross River fever and Arbovirus). Skin infection is also likely to happen with exposure to standing water or wastewater. Skin woes will develop wherever there’s indoor flooding.

There’s no stressing enough how crucial it is to hire professional plumbers immediately to take care of indoor flooding. Finding an emergency plumber in Carlton, Melbourne residents say, is easy as there are plumbing companies that offer repair and maintenance services 24/7.

The help you need is just a phone call away and you can trust that the service will be carried out flawlessly. Not only will you get a highly experienced professional for the job, but the plumber will also have all all the best equipment and tools. Most importantly, the service includes cleanup; reputable plumbing services return their clients’ environment to its original condition.


AUTHOR BIO:

Based in South Melbourne, Blue Diamond Plumbing was founded in 1985, working on new homes, repairs and commercial contracts. Over time they have grown to become some of the best plumbers Melbourne has to offer. Since 2001 the company has specialised in Emergency Plumbing and Property Maintenance, Repairs and Renovations for homes and businesses in Melbourne and inner city suburbs. Owner Rod Diamond has over 30 years experience with emergency plumbing in Melbourne's inner suburbs.

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