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What Steps Are Crucial in Disinfecting Property Flooded by A Storm?

12/26/2020 (Permalink)

exercise studio with two black carpets in center, a water extractor vacuum to the right, and storage box of mats at the top Exercise studio in Folsom flooded due to storm sewage backup, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville was there to help! 916-933-3890.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville can help clean, disinfect, or remove materials as part of flood damage restoration.

When a storm floods your property, one of the problems you must worry about is contamination. Failure to decontaminate the affected areas can pose significant risks. It is important to note that you can clean up your property and still leave traces of contaminants.

Can contamination persist after cleaning?

Cleaning is a necessary part of flood damage restoration when an El Dorado County and Placer County property floods. However, several factors influence its effectiveness in removing contaminants, including:

  • Whether affected materials are porous or non-porous
  • Whether cleaning involves the use of disinfectants or antimicrobial products
  • Procedures used in the application of cleaning agents

What is easier to decontaminate, porous, or non-porous material?

Floodwaters contain massive levels of contaminants, such as chemicals and biohazards. In most cases, decontamination is only feasible for non-porous or semi-porous materials such as wood furniture or some floor and wall materials. Porous materials, including carpets and pad, allow deeper penetration of contaminants minimizing chances of proper decontamination. Our SERVPRO technicians remove such materials for disposal for the safety of your family.

Which steps are necessary when decontaminating hard surfaces?

  • Allowing products at least 10 minutes of dwell-time
  • Use of products at correct temperatures of at least 68°F
  • Ensuring the cleaning solution spreads evenly around the property

Our technicians use various approaches to ensure we decontaminate all areas thoroughly. For instance, to ensure we apply enough products on vast areas such as floor surfaces, we use electric machinery or sprayers for application. We also clean the surfaces we want to decontaminate before applying the disinfectant since the products need physical contact to be effective.

Restoring sanitary conditions to your property after a storm floods it is crucial. Call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville at 916-933-3890 to assist. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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