Flood waters can cause immediate damage, but also continuing to cause problems for as long as it is allowed to remain standing
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) August 07, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of flood damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on handling flood cleanup basics. Summer is the peak time for severe weather, which can often trigger flooding, and it is important to know exactly what to do in the immediate aftermath of a flooding event.
Flood waters can wreak havoc on a home or business, causing immediate damage, but also continuing to cause problems for as long as it is allowed to remain standing and untreated. Mold and mildew begin to appear soon after a flood, and standing water can be a major contributing factor to the rotting of wood and rusting of metal, to the point where a home or business may be rendered unsuitable for habitation.
It is imperative to begin flood damage cleanup as soon as possible in order to avoid these scenarios, and it is important to remember that flood damage may not always be apparent. Home with basements that are seldom used may have flood damage for days or weeks before it is discovered, providing ample opportunity for mold colonies to establish that can threaten the health of every person inhabiting or working in the structure. Flood waters can be home to all types of bacteria, fungi or parasites, any one of which could have an adverse effect on your family or pets.
All items that come in contact with flood waters should be thrown out, just to be on the safe side, and all affected surfaces will need to be dried, cleaned, disinfected and sanitized. In many cases this process may have to be repeated. Kitchen utensils may be cleaned, but any and all food items should be thrown out.
Those working in flood waters should dress appropriately, with long sleeves and pants, heavy duty gloves, steel toed boots, and eye protection (preferably wraparound goggles). Hands should be washed frequently and showers taken after every work session. Those with scrapes and lacerations should avoid working in flood waters since dangerous microbes may enter the body through open wounds.
While small spills and minor damage may be cleaned up by homeowners, it is almost always recommended to contact an experienced flood damage cleanup company do the work, since they know exactly what kinds of different problems are posed by flood damage, as well as what to do with it when they encounter it. They will also be able to answer any questions and present a number of methods for dealing with it.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of flood damage repair and restoration services in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.