How Can You Get Rid Of Stagnant Water In Your Home?
Water that remains stagnant for hours, days or even weeks is water that has remained in one place for a long time. It’s most common after a flood but can also occur when the water is not draining properly. It is also known as standing water. This water can soak into your home, causing water damage. It can also cause structural problems and health issues. We will show you how to remove stagnant water, and keep your family safe during cleanup. We also discuss the dangers and health risks of stagnant water.
What Is Standing Water?
When water settles in low places inside or outside your home, it is called stagnant water. The ground will absorb the water, but standing water outside will not. It is possible to wait for the water to dry outside, but it could take several days or even weeks. It can cause mold and odours so it is best to get rid of it as soon as you can.
Steps To Remove Stagnant Water
1. Remove Stagnant Water
You must first remove as much water from the system as possible. If there is more than a few inches of standing water, you should use a pump. If the water level is low, you can use a vacuum cleaner or towels.
2. Removing Damaged Material
Staining water can cause damage to drywall, woodwork and carpeting. Cut two inches beyond the waterline to repair damaged walls. Only throw away the section that is ruined. You can also move personal and furniture out of the room during this time. Clearing out the space will improve air circulation and drying your home quicker.
3. Dry Your Home
Use fans and dehumidifiers next to dry your home. This will help prevent mold growth and minimize structural damage that is caused from the water damage. Regular household fans can be used, but they take longer. Use high-velocity fans or structural drying dehumidifiers instead. These will quickly remove water and prevent any further damage. Most equipment rental companies will rent the tools you need.
4. Repair The Source Of The Damage
Next, you must identify and correct the problem. You must fix the problem immediately. If standing water doesn’t get fixed, it will return and cause even more damage. You may need to repair the problem or dry your home.
5. Cleanse And Disinfect The Area
Even if your home has been dried out, mold and bacteria can still grow on surfaces. You should clean all surfaces with warm water and soap. Mix one cup bleach in a gallon water, then wipe down everything to disinfect.
6. Rebuild And Restore
Finally, repair the area. The extent of the damage will determine how to rebuild. This usually involves installing new carpet or drywall, repainting, and putting in new cabinets.
What Are The Dangers Of Stagnant Water?
Standing water can pose many dangers, regardless of its source. E. coli, Legionnaires Disease, and Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) are all common stagnant water diseases. Even clean water can eventually turn into a breeding ground of bacteria and mold. These risks are why you shouldn’t drink or cook from this water. This is why it’s best to call a restoration specialist like 911 Restoration of Mesa to help with the repair.
Here are the top dangers associated with stagnant water:
Bacteria – Waters that have been contaminated by sewage and floodwaters can be contaminated and bacteria can thrive in standing water for up to 48 hours. E. coli, Salmonella and other bacteria are most prevalent in stagnant water. However, any type of bacteria can be grown.
Mold – The more time that flooring or walls are left wet, the higher the likelihood of mold. It will take several days to mold clean water. However, it can take as little as 24 hours if there is sewage.
Viruses – Stable water can allow viruses to breed, such as the Norwalk virus or rotaviruses. Other viruses may also be carried by insects and mosquitoes.
Parasites – The most prevalent parasites found in standing water are Entamoeba and Giardia. They can be found in clean water, but they are more prevalent after a flood or sewage backup.
Structural Damage – Standing water can cause structural problems in your home. Water can cause damage to walls, carpeting, padding, and cabinets. Water can also warp hardwood floors or wood studs.
Rodents and Insects – Stable water can attract rodents and insects. Zika fever, West Nile virus and malaria can be transmitted to mosquitoes. Rats, mice, rats, and other small rodents can also be infected with bacteria and disease. Standing water can sometimes smell like rotten eggs, although it is not necessarily dangerous. Standing water containing sewage can smell worse.
We Can Get Rid Of Standing Water Quickly
Are you experiencing stagnant or standing water after a flood? Our water damage restoration professionals will quickly dry your home and repair the damage. Call us now at (602) 899-6888 for a free visual inspection for water removal services.