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Different Types of Flooding Require Different Levels of Cleaning

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded home in Tempe, AZ.

No matter the source of water, the flooding of a home is a major event and a large disruption to a family. It's true, though, that some floods are worse than others. If a pipe bursts in a home containing clean water, the cleanup process is likely to be simpler than if water from overflowing streams, ponds or lakes enter a home. That's because water from the latter event may be contaminated with a number of unknown substances. When dealing with this type of flood, homeowners should exercise caution during cleanup and should strongly consider calling in a storm mediation team in Tempe,AZ.

The Contents of Flood Water

Flooding that originates outdoors carries with it the possibility of containing a host of dangerous elements. The water could possibly be tainted with the following materials:

  • Wild animal wastes
  • Sewage
  • Farm Animal wastes
  • Parasites
  • Pathogens
  • Viruses

Coming in contact with these substances is not advised and may even cause adverse health effects, including infections and illnesses. Cleanup of a building should be conducted by trained professionals who have the option of using gloves, masks and other personal protective gear. Materials soaked by water damage such as furniture and clothes might also be contaminated and should be handled with care.

The Cleanup Process

Flood damage should be cleaned up quickly to avoid additional contamination of the home and to prevent conditions favorable for mold growth. Once the water is safely removed, a number of products such as biocides, antimicrobials, sanitizers, sterilizers and disinfectants may be necessary to complete the cleanup. The home should be thoroughly dehumidified to bring humidity levels down to below 45%.
The goal is to return the home to the healthy place it was before the flooding happened. Special attention may be needed to prevent the occurrence of mold. This may require the use of air filters, HEPA vacuums, fans and negative air chambers.

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