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Do I Need Professional Cleanup Help to Remedy this Storm Damage?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment setup on a concrete floor Spring and summer storms are here. Should floodwaters invade your home, call SERVPRO!

After Your Home Suffers Flood Damage, SERVPRO Arrives at Your Lafayette Home to Get to Work Fast!

Even if you try to protect your home from storm damage and flooding, there is no telling what Mother Nature has in store. With only a couple inches of water, there can be enough damage that the interior of your Lafayette home can face thousands in repair costs. However, calling in a team to promptly mitigate the situation and start restoration helps you to limit the loss and the costs involved for repair and replacement. We want you to know that SERVPRO is always available in the Lafayette area with 24/7 emergency restoration services!

How Does Your Team Handle a Flood Loss Call?

Once a storm leaves you with flooding in your home, you need to call us immediately to assess the flood damage in Lafayette. Floodwater falls in with category three water, which means that there is often a high potential for bacteria and contaminated debris that may lead to health hazards for you and your family.

When you call us for emergency flood restoration, we follow steps to mitigate microbial growth:

  • Quickly remove standing water using powerful pump extractors capable of pulling up thousands of gallons of debris-filled liquid.
  • Take away any contaminated materials, including carpeting or drywall.

What Happens After Contaminated Water and Materials Get Removed?

After our restoration professionals address these two elemental steps, we then have EPA-registered cleaning agents that allow us to control harmful bacteria found in the water and microbial growth. We know that using the right disinfectants helps to slow growth wherever our team suspects that contamination exists. You can count on our skilled IICRC-certified technicians to:

  • Remain mindful of all the product labeling on disinfectants, only applying them as specified and mixing the solution carefully.
  • Ensuring that cleaning agents contact all surface areas to disinfect thoroughly. These surfaces include building materials like walls, subflooring, and more.

Why Does My Home Need an Initial Assessment?

We perform a walkthrough of your home so that we can determine the flood loss zone. This walkthrough allows our crew to formulate a plan of action that includes all the right methods, equipment, and cleaning agents to get the job done. The extraction process begins to pull up as much moisture as we can. Once we remove water, we take the time to start the drying phase.

During the next phase, we follow along with several necessary steps. Drying includes placement of industrial-strength drying equipment that dries the interior rapidly. Just a sampling of the drying equipment that SERVPRO uses in a flood damage restoration situation includes:

  • High-powered industrial-strength fans
  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers

If it appears as though water infiltrated the walls or migrated behind baseboards, we have a range of structural drying equipment at our disposal, which allows our team to force air into and out of all wall cavities and other nooks and crannies that are hard to reach. Structural drying equipment easily overcomes air delivery systems' restrictions, helping us reach tight spaces where moisture often gets trapped. There are also several attachments that our technicians can use to redirect, filter, and manipulate the air to speed up drying times.

Can Carpeting be Saved After Flooding?

Floodwater in Lafayette poses a variety of problems due to contamination and potential health hazards. Our team thoroughly inspects and tests carpeting and the padding below to determine whether it is salvageable or if it must be removed and replaced. With many flood-loss events, carpeting and carpet padding need discarding before using special drying measures for the subfloor below. Full removal allows our team to dry the subfloor to inhibit the onset of fungal growth.

We Stop Odors Before They Start

With any water loss event, there is the potential of foul odors setting in. We treat each interior with care, ensuring that every surface gets dried by using professional moisture detection tools and sensors. We also have a range of deodorization tools that help with odor removal and control, such as:

  • Air scrubbers
  • Thermal foggers
  • Air filtration devices (AFT), and more

These tools are excellent for deodorization and improve the air quality throughout your home's interior. Air filtration devices work by layering filters to control air contaminants. The first layer helps grab particles and larger debris. The second layer consists of SERVPRO's Odor-Cleanz filter with a significant capture rate. The final tier includes a HEPA filter that removes 99.975 of particles and other contaminants from the air.

No matter what type of flood damage is in your home after a storm, you can count on our skilled technicians at SERVPRO of Lafayette to help with the restoration. Have a team deployed to your location as soon as possible to get started on cleanup by calling (765) 420-0077.

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