[Updated March 2019]
Steps for limiting health risks and avoiding scam artists during the restoration process
As we look forward to the big Spring Snow Melt, we at Purity Cleaning & Restoration Services, Inc, an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-approved organization, would like to offer you some tips that home or business owners should keep in mind when cleaning up from a ground-source flood.
When the runoff stops and water tables recede, businesses and homeowners need to act immediately to limit property damage and health risks. From mold growth to bacteria exposure, risks are numerous so early action is the best key to ensuring a full recovery.
Purity Cleaning & Restoration offers these tips to clean up after flooding:
Use caution when entering buildings
Make sure electrical power is off and the structure is sound before entering and inspecting a flooded building. Small animals or reptiles may also seek shelter inside a structure, so be cautious when repositioning contents or removing materials.
Wear an organic vapor respirator, available from paint or building supply stores or the local Norco, along with rubber gloves, eye protection, and protective clothing. Ventilate affected areas by opening windows, and eventually, by placing a fan in a window. Work toward the fan as you clean to minimize cross-contamination.
Know what items to throw away
Porous items that absorb contaminated flood water shouldn’t be restored. Drywall, carpet and pad, mattresses, pillows, box springs, and particle board normally should be discarded if wet. Remember that groundwater is not sanitary. This water can pick up contaminants such as pesticides, herbicides, animal feces, petroleum-based products, bacteria, and many other potentially harmful substances. Don’t take any risks with structures affected by groundwater intrusion.
Know what items to save
Wet clothing and many household fabrics may be salvageable. Machine washing, including at least a 10-minute soak in detergent and hot water, should remove most contamination and stains.
Examine saturation pockets
Open pockets of saturation by removing the base molding and portions of damaged walls and wet insulation. Locate the water line and measure 15 to 20 inches above it. Everything below that should be removed and discarded. Flooring, such as hardwood, laminate or sheet vinyl, should be removed to expose pockets of saturation underneath for cleaning, sanitizing and drying.
Wall cavities and exposed durable materials (e.g., studs and joists) should be cleaned by aggressive and/or agitative procedures with detergent solutions. After thoroughly cleaning and flushing salvageable materials, apply a disinfectant solution liberally. Consider using a certified water restoration professional to perform this service safely and effectively.
Prevent mold growth
Although it takes a few days to appear, mold thrives in a moist environment with organic material (e.g., paper or particle board), and temperatures between 68° F and 86° F. Keep air moving and maintain moderate temperatures as possible.
Dry before you rebuild
To prevent dry rot and on-going structural damage, don’t reconstruct or cover wood materials until its moisture content falls below 16 percent.
Consider hiring a professional like us
As professional water damage restoration specialists, Purity has trained technicians, specialized cleaners and antimicrobial agents, and extraction, drying, dehumidifying and moisture measuring equipment. Call us at (406) 642-3545 or visit our website at puritymontana.com for more information. See our certifications listed at the bottom of this article, call the IICRC toll-free hotline at (800) 835-4624, or go to IICRC to search by zip code for our certification status.
Beware of scam artists
The IICRC requires Certified Firms to have proper licensing and liability insurance, to adhere to a code of ethics and to employ trained technicians. When approached by any company for water restoration services, ask to see the technician’s certification and training credentials. Certifications for our technicians are attached at the bottom of this article.
If you have had a flood please call us today at (406) 642-3545.
Certifications listed below: