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READY How Do I Restore a Home after Flash Flooding?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

white dog with SERVPRO items sitting Our SERVPRO Mascot and "Part-Owner" Understands the Need for Flood Water Removal and Mitigation in the Wilmington Area

Storms Can Lead to Flood Damage in your Wilmington Home; SERVPRO Provides Prompt, Safe Assistance for Residents in Need

Is reconstruction necessary after storm damages?

Adverse weather conditions in Wilmington can lead to flash flooding in the area. Rising water levels can back up sewers and overflow roads, which can affect your home. When water intrusion occurs as a result of flooding, it is considered as a contamination issue. Tainted water, often salty in this area, can complicate a water restoration project because many building materials can suffer permanent harm. According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, grey or black water intrusion may require demolition to expose hidden moisture and discard ruined elements. The S500 recommends that "restorers should open assemblies" to remove contaminated materials from cavities. These assemblies could include floor-tiles, boards, baseboards, drywall, or other interior structures within the home. Opening assemblies can also help to provide an accurate assessment of subfloor and wall cavities.

How is contamination controlled in a flooded property?

A property with Flood Damage in Wilmington can continue to deteriorate after pumping standing water. Porous materials like insulation, drywall, and sheetrock can absorb contaminated water. Contaminated materials must be assessed for potential removal. In category two, water contamination- greywater- there is a good chance of cleaning wet materials. In grey water contamination, SERVPRO technicians can recover carpets or walls using chemical cleaners and pressure washing equipment. Blackwater requires removal and replacement. It is essential to have an expert assess water contamination. In some situations, pressure washing, for example, can worsen the condition of your home by converting contamination into aerosols.

How do restoration technicians return home to a sanitary state?

  • Remove obstructing assemblies through demolition to assess hidden materials
  • Clean and decontaminate salvageable materials like carpets, drywall, or upholsteries
  • Demolish and dispose of non-salvageable materials that have high-grade water contamination

Flash flooding can make your home unsafe. Contact SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere at (302) 992-0104 to secure your property.

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