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SERVPRO of Cutler Bay uses Contaminant Safeguards for Flood Damage Restoration

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Storms can bring floodwater and storm damage. The professionals at SERVPRO are always on call to handle your water damage restoration needs.

Adherence to Restoration Industry Best Practices Guide SERVPRO Crews Responding to Cutler Bay Flooding

After fierce, sustained winds and torrential rains attack, flood damage to Cutler Bay homes seems inescapable. The water invading your home is by definition contaminated and enters through:

  • Leaking roofs from storm winds ripping off shingles and flashing 
  • Smashed windows, doors, and siding holes created as tree limbs and debris fly into exteriors
  • Overland flooding, walls of water pushing through egress windows, or seeping through foundation cracks 

Why Is Flood Water in Cutler Bay So Dirty?

Although rainwater seems contaminant-free as it falls from the sky, when it gathers force and then breaks into your house, it rapidly mixes with a wide range of substances, creating chemical and biohazard concerns:

  • Crumbling building materials that can contain asbestos and lead
  • Moldy leaves and branches
  • Mud and silt from road and sidewalk debris
  • Landscaping chemicals
  • Industrial waste
  • Fluids from overwhelmed sanitary waste needing sewage cleanup

How Do SERVPRO Flooding and Storm Damage Restorers Manage the Contaminated Water?

SERVPRO managers and crews receive extensive training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), much of which focuses on the containment and safe removal of storm damage and flooding. After an assessment and planning specific to your Cutler Bay home, our crews:

  • Set up containment areas using 1.6 mil polyethylene barriers augmented with negative pressure air scrubbing equipment
  • Detect and release all trapped water 
  • Collect and remove the contaminated muck and water for appropriate disposal following protocols for your locality, completing paperwork and the actual transfer of fluids and debris
  • Clean and disinfect affected surfaces with EPA-registered products
  • Conduct effective structural drying
  • Process the contents of your home either in a sheltered space on your property or at our production facility 
  • Arrange for repairs and reconstruction of damaged structural components

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is well-acquainted with the dangers of Category 3 floodwaters and protects you and your family during contaminated water removal after severe storms. Call us at (305) 278-8484 for a fast response.

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