Flash flooding took GTA residents by surprise earlier this week. When about 125mm of rain fell over Burlington, west of Toronto, in a matter of hours, it caused chaos, flooding roads and even closing the QEW. As a point of comparison, that figure is typical for a month’s rainfall in this area at this time of year.
The water cascaded through streets, flooding homes and businesses alike. This comes barely a year after the great Southern Ontario flood of July 2013, which saw a large swath between Mississauga and east Toronto – clearly it’s a sign of times to come.
As home and business owners begin the clean-up from a flood, there are a few key points to keep in mind:
- Timing is everything – quick action is needed to mitigate the damages. Don’t forget that mould can begin to grow anywhere that it is damp within only 48 hours. A sump pump and fans can help.
- Dirty water – flood waters mix with sewer back up to create a toxic mess that is potentially filled with bacteria. Use caution and avoid getting water on bare skin – wear gloves and boots in your clean-up.
- Asbestos – if you have an older home, flooding may damage structures that were previously intact, including asbestos-containing materials such as those found in ceiling and floor tiles, insulation, wall panels and much more. As the material dries, it will become friable (inhalable) – and deadly.
- Be ruthless – discard any soft materials (rugs, papers, clothing, and so on) that have been contaminated with flood waters.
Don’t Take Chances
Flooding, renovations, in-home installations and more – anything that disturbs the integrity of your walls can reveal and damage asbestos containing materials. Mould is a serious health issue that can affect you and those you love.
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