Expert Advice on Doing Flood Clean Up on Your OwnFebruary 24, 2017 6:44 pm
Flood cleanup is not as easy as most people would tend to think and there is a lot more to it besides pumping out water from the house or crawl space. A great deal of follow up work is needed to ensure that everything is completely dry to pre-loss condition. Mold and mildew develop in a very short period of time if the job is not dried correctly. Troubles brought about by floods are many and can have dangerous effects to those occupying the house. However, with the input of an expert, things get to normal fast. Read along for more information on why you need to hire a flood cleanup expert.
1. Draining out the water
The free water/standing water is the easiest to get rid of however if you have a basement draining water at a fast rate causes pressure inside the basement to be less than pressure outside. With the advice of an expert, water will be pumped out slowly to avoid low pressures inside that may cause cracking and destruction of walls.
2. Evaluating the level of destruction
It is difficult to tell how much damage the floods have caused if you have no skills of a flood clean up expert. Professionals will evaluate every single property and section in the house to determine the level of destruction. If your properties and walls are damaged beyond repair, an expert will advise you to build new ones.
3. Correcting humidity level
Contaminated water in the crawl space or basement and on objects is where disease causing bacteria live. An expert ensures that every wet property is properly treated and completely dry. Moisture, bacteria and mold can cause respiratory effects on anyone occupying the house. Even after drying the crawl space and basement if you have one, home owners should control the homes temperature and relative humidity to avoid damage to electronics, art and building materials. Surface mold loves to grow in a humid environment on contents walls and furniture. The recommended range for humidity in a living environment is between 40-60%
4. Combat mold
Mold and mildew develops on wet surfaces due dust, breeding of bacteria and pathogens. To prevent the mold from spreading to other areas in the house, a thorough flood cleanup by trained personnel is required. An expert should carry out an examination of the extent of mold formation in the house. Similarly, the expert should be able to tell if any other section might be affected. Finally, the professional should give you information on effects of mold.
5. Flood cleanup equipment
There are specific crucial tools that need to be used for an effective flood cleanup process. These tools are quite expensive and are mostly owned by flood cleanup companies. Hiring experts will help you reduce the expense of buying or renting costly equipment you may never need again because their rates are affordable. Companies provide high quality machines such as turbo air movers, dehumidifiers and specialized extraction equipment whose sole function is to efficiently restore your home from flood damage.
6. Personal safety
Providing flood cleanup comes with a lot of risks such as electric shocks, being bitten by disease carrying animals, spider bites, bumping your head or worse getting stuck under your home. To avoid all these risks, why not hire an expert who will do the work safely and professionally. Your health and peace of mind is more precious than the small investment needed to pay a trained professional.
Flood cleanup should be done thoroughly and effectively to bring back everything to pre-loss condition. For this reason, investing in experts is a wise decision. Do not risk it ; let the professionals handle the delicate task for you.
If you have any flooding or water damage in your home, contact the team at Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc. Their experts can assess the property and offer a restoration solution that can quickly and safely repair your home.
Vincent J. Attardo is the President/CEO of Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc. He provides Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigations, mold and bacteria testing, water damage/mold remediation and repair, and is available for consultation and public speaking. For more information please visit www.coastlineclean.com. Readers may contact him at 800-847-3867 or email at [email protected]