It is recommended that flood clean-up be performed within 24 hours after the flooding. The main reason this is what is recommended is due to your safety. It only takes twenty-four hours for bacteria, toxic mold, and pathogens to begin to grow in saturated furniture. This puts your health and the health of your family at risk.
Mold exposure after flooding can put your health at risk in a variety of ways. Mold exposure can cause symptoms such as:
- Irritation to throat, eyes, and nose
- Increased phlegm
- Worsened asthma symptoms
- Shortness of breath
It is best to prevent mold from growing in your home, but if mold does begin to grow, be sure to contact an expert in mold removal to ensure that it is completely removed.
Complications Caused by Delayed Flood Clean Up
In addition to mold and bacteria, flood damage can also bring strong odors. When your clothing, carpets, and furniture become flooded, they take on a strong, musty smell, similar to clothing that has been left in the washer overnight.
This pungent odor is difficult to remove and will require odor eliminating products and cleansing agents to destroy the bacteria that is causing the unpleasant smell.
Call ServiceMaster of Greater Pittsburgh for Immediate Flood Clean Up
The sooner you have the flooding cleaned up, the less time it has to soak into surfaces, making cleaning more effective. With our 24/7 emergency services, we can act quickly, increasing our chances of salvaging your items and reducing the damage to your drywall, ceiling tiles, and other porous areas of the home.
If your home has experienced flooding, our trained technicians are ready to clean and restore your home from top to bottom. Contact us 24/7 to have your flood damage cleaned up and repaired.