Avoid Problems from Microbial Growth

Remove Standing Water
Standing water is a breeding ground for microorganisms,
which can become airborne and be inhaled. Where
floodwater contains sewage or decaying animal carcasses,
infectious disease is of concern. Even when flooding is
due to rainwater, the growth of microorganisms can cause
allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. For these health
reasons, and to lessen structural damage, all standing
water should be removed as quickly as possible.
Dry Out Your Home
Excess moisture in the home is an indoor air quality
concern for three reasons:
• Microorganisms brought into the home during flooding
may present a health hazard. These organisms can
penetrate deep into soaked, porous materials and later
be released into air or water. Coming in contact with
air or water that contains these organisms can make
you sick.
• High humidity and moist materials provide ideal
environments for the excessive growth of
microorganisms that are always present in the home.
This may result in additional health concerns such as
allergic reactions.
• Long-term increases in humidity in the home can also
foster the growth of dust mites. Dust mites are a major
cause of allergic reactions and asthma.

Contact David Brandt at 406-892-1717 or floodco@centurytel.net

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Dealing with a Damp Basement

The Problem: Too much moisture in a home can lead to mold, mildew, or other unwanted biological growth. This condition can lead to rot, structural damage, premature paint failure, and a variety of health problems. Water may seep into basements and crawlspaces through the roof, walls, or foundation due to clogged gutters and downspouts, poor drainage, or a high water table.

Prescription Checklist:

  • Clean rain gutter and redirect downspout runoff away from the foundation.
  • Re-grade the ground around the house so that it slopes down away from the foundation (only if other solutions don’t work).
  • Provide adequate ventilation of internal sources of moisture, like dryers and bathrooms.
  • Seal around windows and any wall penetrations.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy (Energy Star Program)

Contact David Brandt at 406-892-1717 or floodco@centurytel.net