How Water Damage Can Affect the Air Quality in Your Home?

Water—we cannot live without it. But sometimes, too much of it is dangerous. Floods and leaks do a lot more damage to your home than you might think. While water damages your home’s structure and components, it can also leave a lingering effect on your air quality. Stagnant water and slow leaks can cause mold, mildew, and airborne toxins to spread throughout your home’s indoor air quality.

Why Have a Safety Guide on Indoor Air Quality?

Many homeowners do not give their indoor air quality a second thought. Unfortunately, poor indoor air quality can happen right under your nose—especially if you have an unidentified water leak. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have compiled a safety guide to ensure you recognize the signs of polluted indoor air and when to take action.

How Does Flood Damage Affect Indoor Air Quality?

Flood damage and leaks can leave lasting effects on your indoor air if not handled by a restoration specialist. Removal of stagnant water and moisture combats and eliminates the breeding of nasty contaminants and harmful bacteria. Below are several examples of how flood damage can affect your air:

Standing Water

Standing water can contaminate your air in as little as two days. When water remains stagnant, microorganisms can grow and disperse into the air. Sewage and other harmful debris can seep into standing water which will disperse into the air and result in your household inhaling the airborne contaminants.

Broken Water Supply Lines

Broken water lines are a common cause of water damage. Even though the water from a broken line is deemed clean, excessive water and moisture accumulation can cause carpets, flooring, and walls to deteriorate. Water that hasn’t been extracted can also lead to mold and mildew growth.

Gray Water

Do you smell a musty odor in your home? It could be gray water. Gray water (or grey water) is wastewater that comes from your shower, washing machine, and bathroom sink. This water can contain bacteria and other contaminants that can impact your indoor air quality—especially if it is not draining properly.

Mold Growth

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Finally, mold growth is an extremely common result of floor damage. Where there is moisture, mold can grow. Mold spores can become airborne, which can cause your air quality to smell musty, moldy, and unpleasant. Tampa Bay’s DRIRITE® uses state-of-the-art drying equipment to extract moisture and prevent mold growth.

Call Water Damage Restoration and Air Quality Testing Specialists

Return your home to its pre-loss condition and breathe easy with DRIRITE®. Our team can arrive at your home in less than one hour to restore your affected area using the leading drying equipment of today. Once we have cleaned up your water damage in Tampa, our air quality specialists can test your indoor air and determine the best solution. Customer satisfaction is guaranteed. 

Enjoy your home again and breathe right with DRIRITE®. Call us at (813) 419-6292 or contact us today.

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