Flooded Homes are Allergy Traps

Flooded carpet pads and damaged wall boards are irritants

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

(RxWiki News) Flooding in homes can cause serious problems with allergy flare ups. Contaminated materials appears to be the culprit when it comes to indoor allergies.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) offers some tips which may not be easy to do but are essential when cleaning a flooded house is the task.

"Removal of wet home products is critical when home is flooded."

Allergist James L. Sublett, MD, chair of the indoor environments committee of the ACAAI, reveals one of the biggest issues facing flooded homeowners is what to do about flooded carpeting.

The pads simply must not be dried out and must be thrown away. Carpets must be pulled up and thoroughly dried within the first 24 hours and may need to be thrown out as well.  In addition, hidden wall board damage should be replaced above the water line.

Standing water and wet materials quickly lead to mold growth; a bad substance for many allergy sufferers. Symptoms of mold allergy are much the same as  the symptoms of other allergies and asthma: Sneezing, itching, nasal discharge, congestion, cough and wheezing.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strongly suggests wearing an N-95 respirator mask during clean up. Also, investing in goggles, gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirts and boots is a good idea too.

Anything wet that cannot be cleaned must be thrown away. EPA  also reminds everyone to place portable generators far away from homes in order to avoid breathing in the carbon dioxide.

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Review Date: 
April 30, 2011
Last Updated:
May 10, 2011