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Hello and welcome to my cleaning blog. Cleaning can bring you a lot of joy. Without it, our homes and businesses would literally be covered in old food, dust, and garbage. My name is Penny, and in this blog, I'm going to cover cleaning techniques and tips for staying organized. Whether you are trying to wash a stain out of a shirt or keep on top of the vacuuming, I hope these posts help. I also plan to write about hiring professional cleaners for your home, office, or even your industrial facility. My hope is that this blog brings you as much joy as a clean space.


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Four Health Hazards That May Be Present In Your Home After A Flood

Catherine Edwards

It can often be unsafe to return to a flood damaged house after a large flood event or another event associated with flooding such as a hurricane or earthquake. In such cases, waiting until you're told it's safe to return is critical, but you'll also need to be on the lookout for hazards that are at or in your house itself. Here are four to look out for.

1. Dangerous creatures

Snakes and insects often seek refuge in houses during large flooding events, and they don't like to be disturbed. If your house had a window or door that blew in or was pushed open by the water, it's also possible for basically any size animal to get in. So be sure to keep a sharp eye out, make slow movements, and make lots of noise before you enter so you don't surprise or startle any animals. If you do see any, be careful not to approach or corner them. Even harmless-looking or cute animals can bite when cornered and may carry diseases.  

2. Utilities

Gas, electric, and water utilities can all present hazards if their supply lines are damaged during the event. Be sure these are all turned off before you enter. Electricity can be especially hazardous because any water or wet items can conduct electricity to you from a hidden source and you may not have any warning before getting a shock.   

3. Mold and other pathogens

Mold can develop in any areas that have been wet for a day or two. Even if you don't have a mold allergy, you can develop one if you get too much exposure. Mold is especially dangerous for those with asthma, compromised or vulnerable immune systems (elderly people and infants fall into this category even if healthy), or respiratory problems. Other problematic growths such as mildew, fungi, and bacterial colonies can also thrive in wet conditions.

4. Compromised structural elements

Your house itself can turn on you if it's damaged enough by the storm or flood. Floors, ceilings, walls, and even the foundation itself can all collapse without warning in rare circumstances. In other cases, they'll alert you by their saggy, leaning, or damaged appearance. You should always examine the house from outside before going in to make sure there's no visible damage to the walls, foundation, or roof that could indicate a threat to your safety.

Talk with a company like Boss Systems Carpet Cleaning as you pursue water damage restoration.