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Did You Know That Floodwaters in Rochester Harbor Contaminants?

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Floodwaters contain bacteria from raw sewage and animal remains among others. Call SERVPRO to safely remove the water.

Preventing Contamination from Prolonging Effects of Flood Damage in Rochester

Flooding incidents present many problems that can leave your property uninhabitable after the waters recede. Among the problems likely to develop, is contamination if the process is not handled correctly, which can prolong the effects of a flooding incident unnecessarily. Hiring a professional to restore flood damage in your Rochester property can help manage contamination.  

Most of the contaminants left in a property after flood damage in Rochester originate far away if the incident involves rising waters. As the water flows over open spaces, it collects biohazards such as raw sewage and animal remains, pesticides, fuel oils, and industrial chemicals. Extracting standing water removes most of the contaminants, but some penetrate porous materials requiring extra steps for removal. Our SERVPRO technicians use EPA-registered disinfectants and professional cleaning agents to clean slightly porous materials such as wooden floors. We also remove highly porous materials such as carpets and pad, cutting them into small pieces for safe disposal.  

In addition to dangerous contaminants, floodwaters also soil properties by depositing mud, silt and other debris. Dirty water can also stain fabrics, walls and other surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced washing equipment including pressure washers, multi-surface scrubbers and upholstery machines to clean different areas affected by the flooding incident "Like it never even happened."  

In some properties, especially the older ones, flooding can expose the occupants to dangerous materials. If the water penetrates the floor to reach subfloors, there might be a need to remove the top layer. Removing old floor tiles to dry subfloors can lead to asbestos exposure. Our SERVPRO technicians understand the risk posed by such a dangerous compound, so we check for its presence in floor materials and joint compounds. We are also equipped with the right PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, to ensure safety during removal. We also observe OSHA standards for safe disposal.  

For safe removal of debris from flood-damaged properties in Dover and Somersworth areas, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester to assist. You can reach us at (603) 743-4301 any time.

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