This is an example of how water problems, whether from rain, broken pipes, or other sources can lead to far more than just wet floors. The flooding caused by heavy rains at the Fairview Christian School in Seattle a few weeks ago created an actual health hazard. Because the flooding caused anything connected to a drain to overflow, water started coming out of toilets and the drains themselves, bringing in unsanitary water and sludge. This clearly can cause health problems if not dealt with properly. In this case it was fortunate that the problem didn’t occur during the night so that it could be addressed right away.
As we approach Fall it is a good idea to make sure you are prepared for the increased possibility of heavy rains as well as just being sure you are thinking about some of the other factors that can lead to indoor flooding. Checkout some of the common conditions that lead to indoor flooding as well as water damage risk factors.