Choosing A Company To Provide Flood Clean Up Services
Flood clean up is a must for property owners and residents that have been a part of a natural disaster or property mishap. Proper hygiene is necessary to protect people and animals after the surging waters recede, and sometimes, it is what a person doesn’t see that can cause the most damage. While some folks may think it will save a few dollars to take care of the aftermath personally, the smarter choice is to hire a certified professional.
What are some of the dangers a person may face when returning to the home or office?
A deluge of water can potentially disrupt the sewage disposal and water purification systems, and the overflow can dislodge once stable chemicals stored at ground level. Those chemicals and unsanitary conditions can lead to infectious organisms finding a home in the structure, belongings and furnishings. Tetanus is acquired through contaminated water and soil entering the body through cuts, scrapes, or other breaks in the skin. Salmonella, E. coli, typhoid, and Hepatitis A virus can all be acquired through contamination left behind after the waters recede.
Stagnant waters, even small pools, are the perfect breeding ground for insects such as mosquitoes, and these conditions are ideal for mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus and encephalitis.
Here are a few tips to help the flood clean up begin in a timely fashion.
First, contact a professional that is certified in restorations. Be sure to check the credentials of the company being considered. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), also known as the Institute, sets the standards for this industry, and those that have been certified by these standards will know how to handle the job properly, from start to finish.
It is also a good idea to contact one’s insurance carrier. Not all policies cover water damage or flood clean up, but most homeowners aren’t sure, and if there is coverage to help pay for the repairs, it is important to know before moving forward. The coverage will likely depend on the circumstances. While one policy may not cover rising water, it may cover a pipe that has burst in the home. If the damage is covered, find out if the insurance company has a specific restoration company that they prefer to work with.
One of the most important tips is not to try to begin the flood clean up process alone. It is a dangerous and oftentimes toxic environment. Only a professional with experience should attempt to remedy and repair the damages. They are trained and have the proper tools and equipment to maintain public safety while fixing the damage.
Don’t think the damage is bad enough to hire a professional? Consider that the receding waters will seep into porous material such as wood and cloth. Though the property may seem to be drying, it may be hiding a potentially deadly secret within the walls and flooring. Mold and dry rot can ruin the structural soundness of the building, and the hidden damage often won’t be seen right away, but can rear its head years later.
During a flood clean up there are a lot of things to consider, and it can be difficult to think clearly when struck with such a tragedy. It can cause a lot of distress to see the aftermath, and it is well-advised to hire a certified team of professionals that know the proper methods for handling the clean up. The homeowner will be surprised with what can be salvaged when this process is completed by a professional.
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