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What Should Homeowners Know About Handling Dangerous Materials During Flooding?

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Floodwater covering the street and yards Did you know that floodwater contains contaminants? SERVPRO can safely remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Helps Evaluate Flood Damage Incidents in Sarasota Properties to Determine the Necessary Precautions During Renovation

When a flooding incident affects your Sarasota property, you need to start cleanup and restoration fast. During these processes, you might be exposed to harmful substances. Traces of the contaminants might also remain within the property, thus endangering the well-being of other occupants. SERVPRO can help you manage flood damage incidents safely.

Why does flood damage leave hazardous materials in Sarasota properties? (H2)

  • Flooding can expose dangerous materials already in the house
  • Floodwaters often contain hazardous materials
  • Chemical processes that occur while property remains wet can create new harmful materials

If your home was built in the 1970s or earlier, building materials of that time often contained hazardous substances such as lead-based paints or asbestos-laden drywall and flooring. These materials do not typically pose a risk unless disturbed, but the vigorous cleaning and demolition processes necessary to restore a building after a flood can liberate them, resulting in potential exposure. As an Lead-Safe Certified Renovator, we are certified by the EPA to assess hazardous material risk of lead-based paints, and safely remove it. We will also see that the materials in your pre-1978 home are tested for the presence of asbestos, so that a proper asbestos abatement can be performed if necessary.

What is necessary when renovating a house with hazardous materials?

  • Use of the correct PPE
  • Safe removal of materials
  • Safe disposal of waste

Renovation involves thorough cleaning of soiled areas, and often requires removal and replacement of non-salvageable materials such as drywall, carpet, and fabric. The processes lead to disturbance and direct contact with the materials. Our SERVPRO technicians take various precautions to ensure the right outcome such as donning the proper PPE, including rubber gloves, boots, respirators, and impervious suits when necessary, to prevent direct contact with hazardous materials.

When we tear down affected areas, we use plastic bags and trashcans to hold the wastes before disposal to prevent the spread of lead paint or asbestos dust. We also arrange for proper removal of the debris rather than sending them directly to the landfill.

Hazardous materials can increase the risk posed by flooding. Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 to help manage the incident at your property. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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