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3 Tips for Dealing With Unpleasant Odors After a Flood

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Tips For Dealing In The Aftermath Of A Flood

Severe weather comes with many potential negative consequences, including property damage and profit loss. One impact not commonly anticipated in the aftermath of a storm is the stench of floodwaters. Storms can result in sewage loss, causing floodwater to pick up waste, chemicals, and toxins along with garbage and debris littering the streets. The water also promotes mold growth, adding an additional odor of decayed mold. In short, if a building is flooded, the water will stink and so will the building. Here are three tips for dealing with leftover unpleasant scents in your property in Solana, FL, in the aftermath of a flood.

1. Consult Professionals
One of your first actions, after calling your insurance company, should be to get in contact with a professional restoration and cleanup service. Floodwater can be dangerous to deal with, especially contaminated floodwaters that reek. Mold growth in walls and floors also pose a potential hazard. Therefore, it is often best to allow trained professionals to handle flooded property.

2. Remove Moisture
Drying as much as safely possible can help reduce odors and halt mold growth. Some drying tips are:

  • Place fans in affected areas
  • Open windows
  • Use dehumidifiers
  • Mop up puddles

3. Disinfect Property
The flooded property also needs to be disinfected to kill off odor-causing and harmful bacteria, as well as stop the spread of mold. While professional restoration services do perform disinfection, some steps you can take on your own to begin the process are using a vinegar cleaning solution, using baking soda or cat litter to absorb scents, using disinfectants like bleach, and using hot water and soap.
Flood water will often give off a bad odor and may impart that odor to flooded property. Mold spurred on by the sudden damp atmosphere will only add to the smell. It is important to take steps to have your property disinfected and cleaned after a flood to deal with odors as well as other problems.

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