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What are Things to Consider When Remediating Flood Damage in Siesta Key?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Determining Restorable and Unsalvageable Items during Flood Damage Restoration in Siesta Key 

Flood damage events give little to no warning, and when they occur, they cause significant losses. No matter how devastating or minor the situation is, you need to work with professionals who have the resources to handle such incidents. By responding immediately, we can lessen the damage, reduce the costs of repair, and limit further damage. Here, we cover some of the procedures we perform when dealing with such events in Siesta Key. 

Flood damage incidents in Siesta Key are associated with contaminated water, and there are specific emergency procedures that our SERVPRO technicians perform when attending to such issues. One of the first things that we do when we arrive at the site is to eliminate potential safety hazards. We post signs and use the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, such as rubber gloves, respirators, coveralls, eye protection, and boots. 

Using rakes and shovels, we remove the debris and silt that the flood water deposits on your property. Sometimes, the deposits may contain hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead, so we advise homeowners to observe the necessary safety procedures even when we are yet to arrive at the site. In cases where there is a possibility of contamination spreading to unaffected locations, we may put containment measures. For instance, we may subject the contaminated area to negative pressure to limit the spread of mold spores to clean areas. 

By using pumps, portable and truck-mounted extractors, our SERVPRO technicians remove standing water from floors and carpets. We have to evaluate your items and determine what is salvageable and what we need to remove and replace. In most cases, we do not disinfect porous items that have come into contact with floodwater. When it is necessary to dispose of the unsalvageable materials, we follow the local, state, and federal regulations, ensuring there is communication with your insurance provider. 

Dealing with Black Water Flood Damage in Siesta Key

You may have read online that black water flood damage in your Siesta Key home can represent a significant safety hazard to anyone in the building. While this is true, and you should avoid contaminated flood waters at all costs, there is no need to overreact to any damage your home incurs. SERVPRO can handle any flood damage and safety hazards produced after a storm and have years of experience dealing with flooding far worse than we see in most residential areas. Here are a few questions – and answers – that we often receive about black water flooding. 

What is Black Water?

In the context of flood damage in Siesta Key or any other community, black water refers to standing water with visual contamination and, typically, discoloration. These contaminants and discoloring materials are primarily composed of dirt, plant matter, perhaps fecal matter, and miscellaneous debris coming from outside the home. It may also include materials from inside. Blackwater typically has a high amount of bacteria and other biohazards even in small volumes of water, making it a significant hazard. 

How Do I Stay Safe?

Above all, make sure you do not wade or walk through any part of your home, flooded with standing water. This water exposes you to bacteria and pathogens that could cause health effects and potential electrocution and laceration hazards that may be hard to spot through the murky water. Besides, some contaminants could create harmful gases, so we recommend staying as far away from the black water as possible. 

How Do I Remove It?

Blackwater flooding requires the aid of a professional water removal company like SERVPRO for extraction. We carry specialized machines and safety equipment to facilitate the fast and efficient removal of floodwaters from your home. After removing the water, we take the time to sanitize the area and kill off any remaining microbes thoroughly. Remember that black water, as even clean water from a plumbing leak, can do significant damage to your possessions and the structure of your home.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota has helped local homeowners clean up after flood damage for years and stands ready after every major storm to help those in need. Call us as soon as possible after your home takes damage at (941) 552-6319.

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