With the challenge of cleaning after a flood, several factors may be over-looked and may lead to long-term health risks. After a flood, indoor air quality is not only an issue that leads to bad scent, but also chemicals being trapped into a closed area can lead to bacteria in the lungs. Failure to reduce moisture and humidity can lead to an increase in several micro-organisms. Things such as bacteria and mold can be hazardous if overlooked while residing within the damaged area. This may cause new triggers in allergic reactions, changes in breathing patterns, and unexplained disease.
With cleaning, there is a higher need to reduce the chemical in-take within a certain area. Better cleaning techniques need to be used when taking into consideration the damage to your carpets, floors, and walls. For example, using carpet cleaners with polar solvents is not only effective but also safer than using cleaners with non-polar solvents because it reduces the amount of oil and grease in the liquid of the carpet cleaner. Non-polar solvents can keep the carpet semi-moist, which leads to mold within the carpet. Also, when looking to control odors, look into enzyme bacteria solutions to control malodors over using aerosol cans.
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