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Controlling Contaminants After A Flood In Fort Myers

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded living room Contamination can pose a grave threat after a flooding incident.

Controlling Contaminants For Safety After Flood Damage In Your Fort Myers Home

Flood damage means several things. Apart from the pools of water and deteriorating materials left in the wake of such an incident, contamination is also a common outcome from flooding.  Floodwaters collect a huge percentage of the contaminants outside the affected Fort Myers structure. The rest develop through microbial growth.

Teardown and Debris Removal
Removing debris left after flood damage in your Fort Myers home is an integral part of dealing with contamination. Contamination is high in materials such as mud and silt deposited by the floodwaters and might include traces of raw sewage and industrial chemicals. Contaminants also take root in porous materials such as carpets, and since it is not possible to clean them to sanitary levels, removal is the only option. Our SERVPRO technicians shovel out sludge, silt, and other fine debris paving the way for cleaning. We also remove and shred porous materials like insulation and carpets for safe disposal.

General Cleaning
A thorough clean up of the entire property is essential to remove contaminants. Such cleaning should involve the use of professional cleaning agents because water and regular detergents might not remove all contaminants. The method of application must also ensure the cleaning agents reach the contaminants because physical contact is essential. Our SERVPRO technicians use EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants. We also allow sufficient dwell time to remove contaminants effectively.

Controlling Microbial Growth
Some organic materials, especially on subfloors, wall bottom plates, and even tackless strip, encourage microbial growth and odors. When applying products, it is essential to pretest the area ensuring the selected product cannot damage the materials. Pretesting is also essential because some organic materials can inactivate some products. Our SERVPRO technicians have access to a wide range of professional cleaning agents so we can always find the perfect one for the prevailing conditions.

Contamination can pose a grave threat after a flooding incident. Call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910 to help take remedial steps making it, “Like it never even happened.”

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