Last week parts of the Mid-Atlantic region were hit with heavy rains, strong winds and melting snow. This was just the latest in a series of damaging storms that have caused havoc in the region this past winter.
Numerous states witnessed flooding that has displaced people and ruined property. Many areas hard hit last week are now in the process repairing the damage. When cleaning up after a flood, the indoor air quality in a home or office may appear to be the least of someone’s problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long-term health risks. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria and mold. They can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks, and continue to damage materials long after the flood.
To avoid problems from microbial growth remove standing water as quickly and as safely as possible. Any standing water is a potential breeding ground for microorganisms, which can become airborne and be inhaled. If floodwaters contain sewage or decaying animal carcasses, infectious disease is also of concern. Even when flooding is due to rainwater, the growth of microorganisms can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. For these health reasons, and to lessen structural damage, all standing water should be removed as quickly as possible.
The environmental professionals at Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC (SEHC) have been busy responding to residential and commercial properties that were damaged by last week’s storms. “Flooding and excessive moisture creates indoor air quality health concerns for many reasons,” stated Susan White, Ph.D., CMC, President of SEHC. “Not only can these properties suffer structural damage, but they can also become health hazards for the building occupants. Mold, bacteria, sewage and even chemical contaminants are all possibilities. To help educate the public about the dangers associated with IAQ after a flood, SEHC has helped sponsor a public outreach video on the topic.”
To view the video visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPAVegOUkQ0.
To learn more about how Sussex Environmental Health Consultants can help with environmental and IAQ services please visit http://www.sussexenvironmental.com/, email email@example.com or call (302) 947-1810.
About Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC
SEHC is a certified woman owned business that provides environmental and health and safety consulting services. The company is located in the Mid-Atlantic and services clients nationwide. SEHC provides solutions to clients ranging from homeowners to international Fortune 500 corporations.