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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Flooding Can Cause Significant Damage To Your Sarasota Home

6/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO understands that any flood damage to a Sarasota home needs to be removed and cleaned quickly.

Flood Damage

In most flooding disasters, the water is uncontaminated. Rising creeks and storms may contain small amounts of soil or plant material, but there is not a health concern. If the water comes in too quickly and causes pipes to break or cracks a septic tank, then the restoration process becomes more difficult and dangerous to anyone working to clean it up.

SERVPRO understands that any flood damage to a Sarasota home needs to be removed and cleaned quickly. When the water is contaminated, it becomes even more necessary. Certain types of personal and structural property require immediate disposal and the replacement costs increase accordingly. It alters how we approach cleaning and requires additional methods not needed with clean water.

Once we have the biohazard signs set up, technicians enter the home. As they do so, they spray a disinfectant on every affected area. After completing that, we remove any standing debris and soil. This task still requires basic rakes and shovels, but if it is contaminated, we dispose of it all according to state and federal rules. Now, we can remove the water. The equipment we use (pumps and extractors) is the same with uncontaminated water, but we have to pump it in a tank or tank truck rather than directly into the sewer system.

The next step is the hardest for a homeowner. Deciding to restore or replace contaminated property. Porous materials (i.e. fabric on furniture, curtains, and paper) are not salvageable without an excessive amount of effort and cost. If the contaminated water is gray (heavy soil but no sewage), we can attempt to clean it. Unless the item in question has some sentimental value, we recommend disposal and replacement.

If the contaminated water is black (contains sewage or other bio-waste), then it is not safe, and we must dispose of it. The rule also applies to carpets. If needed, we have excellent relationships with most insurance companies and can explain the decision-making process we used to them.

Contaminated structural components (walls, floors, and columns) required pressure washing. As when they walked into the structure, technicians use a disinfectant on every affected surface. To make certain we spray every inch, we may have to move property or even disassemble large items like bookcases to remove them from home. For large items that are contaminated, it may be necessary to remove them to our work center and clean them there.

Cleaning and restoring your home after a flood is not a quick or easy process. When the water is contaminated, the need to do it correctly and efficiently is even more important to avoid losing more property and incurring a massive replacement bill. SERVPRO of South Sarasota has decades of experience in cleaning Florida homes. Call us today at (941) 552-6319 to begin.

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