Is there standing water somewhere on your property? Maybe a clogged drain has left water in your sink or tub, a storm drain isn’t functioning properly, or poor drainage has resulted in a yard full of puddles. It’s unsightly and annoying, but is it really a problem? In a word, yes. Standing water is dangerous to your health and to the health of your pets. Why? There are four primary reasons.
- Bacteria thrives in stagnant water. Not only does the moisture allow bacteria to flourish, but the human or animal waste often found in standing water promotes the growth of bacteria. If pets or small children ingest even a little bit of standing water, they can become very ill.
- Mold enjoys a damp environment as well. If you’ve got standing water in your home, mold can grow and spread. You may notice a musty smell or ugly black spots, but that’s not the worst thing about mold. Some kinds of mold are extremely dangerous to your health. Mold remediation is costly and complicated, so it’s wise to prevent it before it gains a footing.
- Insects like mosquitoes breed in standing water. This can be dangerous, because mosquitoes carry diseases like the Zika and West Nile viruses, as well as malaria and encephalitis.
- Vermin will take standing water as an open invitation. If you don’t want mice, rats, and other vermin hanging around your house, don’t provide them with a watering hole. Removing standing water will help prevent these creatures from spreading waste and exposing your family to diseases.
How can you prevent standing water from becoming a problem on your property? Outside, turn containers upside down so they won’t collect rainwater. Make sure your lawn drains properly, and if you have a swimming pool, keep it properly maintained. Inside the house, find the source of any excess moisture and fix the problem. Clean up any standing water that you see. If there’s a storm or flood, make sure you carefully inspect your property afterward to find and eliminate any areas of standing water. This will help protect your family from disease and protect your home from mold as well as the water damage that rots parts of your house, causing structural issues. If you’ve sustained water damage, or you’ve had flooding that’s too much for you to handle on your own, call in a professional water damage restoration company to help you bring your house to its pre-flood condition.
Don’t let standing water damage your home and belongings. Instead, contact the water damage experts at Pacific Flood Restoration. We offer full-service, 24-hour, on-call emergency services, and we’ve earned a reputation for being dependable, on time, courteous, and ethical. No matter the extent of your damage, our trained technicians have the experience, proven techniques, and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your home, fixing whatever damage it may have sustained. Call 760.516.8549, or contact us through our website.