Water damage can be dangerous, on your house and your body. The quicker this issue is taken care of and restored, the safer you and your family are. Unseen water leakage can quickly increase the humidity in your home, causing growth. This can damage structure and contents. Microbial growth can have a negative impact on your health as well, contributing to a variety of medical problems. If you notice an increase in humidity in your home before any growth has occurred, a dehumidifier may be all you need and will help prevent moisture build-up.Some leaks are more harmful than others. Category 1 leaks, such as those that come from your supply lines, are not immediately harmful and can be taken care of without too much of a health concern, as long as it’s done in a timely manner. However, Category 2 or 3 from plumbing that removes waste from your home are more hazardous to the body and should betaken care of as soon as possible with attention to the safety process of the mitigation. A multitude of bacteria and viruses live in this water and can grow anywhere in your home that the water touches, which can be harmful to your health. Furthermore, flood water from the ground is also a concern as it can carry sewage, chemicals, and infectious diseases. If you happen to come into contact with this type of loss, be sure to wash your hands and any materials that have touched the loss appropriately to protect yourself. The best way to stay safe is to be prepared. Do not hesitate to call a professional, that’s what we are here for! You and your family’s safety is very important to us. The quicker that flooded areas are cared for by a professional, the more likely you and your family are to be out of harm's way. If you have suffered damage from wateror other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights at 216-464-4498.