Water does not have to be up to your ears to be dangerous. Floodwaters can hold all kinds of dangers—some will be obvious, while some will be hidden. Here are some things to look out for:

  • Contamination by bacteria or sewage. Contaminated water can be divided into different categories starting with unused water with is category one. It might not be considered sewage, but it will still cause damage if not treated quickly. Category two water is used, but it still does not have harmful bacteria growing. It will not hurt you to touch it, but you should not drink it. Category three water is contaminated by bacteria, sewage, or other hazards. It can cause rashes, infections, and illnesses. And even if the floodwater is clean, the flood may have busted pipes in or around your own home, so it may not stay clean for long.
  • Unsteady footing. Water-damaged floors might not be as stable as you are expecting them to be. Prolong exposure might cause your floor to get softened, loosened, or swollen.
  • Broken glass and other debris. If floodwater has entered your house, there is a decent chance that it broke something to get in there. With water constantly flowing from one place to another, it will always carry some sort of debris like metal shards or broken glass that can cut your feet or legs. (Now if the water itself is contaminated, an open wound in floodwater can lead to a nasty infection.)
  • Loose wires. Flood water always brings the risk of electrical shock, which can very well result in loss of life. Turn off the power to your home in the event of a flood, and stay away from potential electrical hazards like old, boxy CRT TVs that can carry a charge even when they are unplugged.
  • Gas leaks and explosions. Flood damage may affect gas and propane lines. Turn off any gas or propane sources to minimize the risk of gas leaks and explosions.
  • Displaced wildlife. Snakes, rats, and other animals may wind up seeking shelter in unusual places after a flood. Having lost their homes, they might find refuge in new nooks and corners of your home. If your house is storm-damaged enough that they can enter it, they may do so.

Floods do not just get water everywhere. Flood water, in its path, carries a lot of destructive force affecting properties and life and you will never know what it may have broken, and what hazards it may have created. Always be careful in a flooded area.


Not calling an expert for flood clean-up soon enough is the biggest mistake you can make during this time. A damage clean-up expert like AdvantaClean knows exactly where the hidden damages can lie and are equipped to take care of it. As they have shown several families during the recent Huntington flood, expert help is the first thing you need to do.

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