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Why Removing Contaminants Leftover from Flood Damage in Colorado Springs is Critical

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Removing Contaminants Leftover from Flood Damage in Colorado Springs is Critical Sewage and Flooding in Colorado Springs Rely on SERVPRO for Safe Removal

Trust SERVPRO in Colorado Springs to Safely Restore Your Flooded Property

When a town or city gets hit by floods, the clean-up process can last for months; even years, in some cases. It is because removing the standing water is only part of the job. Professional cleaning and drying are required, or homes begin to develop mold and other hazards.

It represents a huge job for local authorities, particularly when flood damage in Colorado Springs is extensive and covers many areas. So, to give your home the best chance of recovery, get in touch with SERVPRO. You should also contact your insurer, but know that you do not need to wait for advice from the local code enforcement or council before starting water removal and restoration.  In the case of rebuilding parts of your structure, you may very well require permits. Keep reading to find out why a speedy response is the right way to eliminate contaminants and mitigate the impact of flooding.

Understanding the Dangers
A multitude of hazards are related to serious flooding, but contamination is one which can be easily overlooked by homeowners. The amount of risk relates to the type of water which is intruding into the building. Natural flooding is a problem because there is no way to know for sure what it contains. As it passes through neighborhoods, it picks up chemicals, oils, heavy metals, pesticides, and sewage in some cases. So, SERVPRO treats all floodwater with extreme caution. Our approach to drying and cleaning is determined by the best way to remove contaminants, if it is feasible and safe.

Eliminating Mold and Bacteria
In the vast majority of cases, floodwater remains on the ground floor. It is unusual for upper floors to contain substantial amounts of standing water. If the higher parts of the house are completely untouched, the technicians block entryways with polyethelene sheeting to contain moisture, contaminants, and waterborne toxins.

All wet items must be cleaned and sanitized. Porous materials (like fabrics) are much harder to clean and require special treatment. They may be removed from the site and taken to our offsite cleaning facility. Our Esporta Washing System can restore most belongings, even stuffed animals. Alternatively, in the case of carpets, deodorizers may be used to disperse cleaning agents into the surface of the fabric. Typically, carpets are non-salvageable.

Foam cleaning is an option which works for materials that are sensitive to water (like wood and leather). They reduce the amount of liquid used and accelerate the drying process without compromising on effectiveness. Hand brushes are an excellent way to clean inside grooves and around the delicate features on cabinets, picture frames, and antiques. We can even partner with a reputable firm to restore artwork and antiques.

At SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs, flood damage restoration is comprehensive. We do more than just remove the water. We thoroughly clean and dry the affected area, so that all hazards get neutralized. Call us 24/7 on (719) 574-2789.