Treating Flood Damage In Shore Acres
SERVPRO Understands the Ramifications of Contaminated Floodwaters during Extraction and Recovery
Residents of Shore Acres are no strangers to flooding. We occasionally miss some of it from being as inland as you can be in Florida, but storms still wreak havoc on our neighborhoods.
When the Shores Acres flood damage is from a storm, SERVPRO technicians understand that removing the water and cleaning surfaces is more important than when the water comes from a source like a failing water heater. Any water from outside the home also brings the threat of contamination in the form of black water.
Blackwater does not refer to color, but rather the level and type of contamination. It is considered Category Three, which means it is unsanitary. There are multiple types of contaminants, and if a storm caused a collapse in the sewer system, the flood water also contains human waste and now is a disease threat as well.
SERVPRO technicians pump out this water using the same pumps as in any situation, but they pump it back into the sewer if it is available. If not, they use a dedicated tank truck. Once filled, the truck empties into the nearest treatment plant, or EPA approved storage facility.
After removing the water, our technicians spray an anti-bacterial cleaner on the floors, walls, and any surface that came into contact with the flood water. Carpets and carpet pads they spray and then dispose of according to the EPA and State health regulations.
With the contamination threat removed, our specialists begin testing wood floors for water content. They use non-penetrating moisture meters to determine the highest concentration of water and start there with extraction wands to remove it. At the same time, other specialists set up air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to remove the damp air from inside the home and replace it with dry air.
Technicians also use a penetrating moisture meter at the more wet areas to check for excess water in the sub-floor. If they find water, technicians remove flooring near the wall or at a spot where a bookcase might sit and spray the anti-bacterial agent into the sub-floor cavity as a precaution.
After waiting enough time to kill any contamination, they use a pump or extraction wand with a hose to remove any standing water. Then, technicians use an air mover and hose to force warm, dry air into the cavity to dry it.
At SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg we understand not just how important it is to return families to their home but to do it safely and thoroughly. There are more storms in the forecast, so when you need us, call (727) 522-0000 any day of the week to have one of our crews arrive at your home.
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