Recent Water Damage Posts

SERVPRO Tips: When it comes to sewage cleanup, SERVPRO is here for you

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Sewage is one of the most dangerous substances to enter homes or buildings. It contains fungi, bacteria and viruses, many of which are disease-causing. Unfortunately, many people fail to understand the hazards that sewage presents, particularly for the very young or very old, or for those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems.

The IICRC has compiles guidelines for professional sewage cleanup called the Standard for Water Damage Restoration (S500).

Here are the key principles you should know about sewage back-ups:

Sewage contains a variety of pathogenic- disease causing- fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. Anyone who works on sewage losses must have updated vaccinations, including one for Hepatitis B.

Sewage exposure is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, including anyone under two or over 60, those who are pregnant, ill, recovering from surgery, on prescription drugs or chemotherapy, or are AIDS victims.

It is not safe to stay in a building that's flooded with sewage unless the contaminated area can be completely sealed off and placed under controlled air flow so that there will be no cross contamination of unaffected areas.

Highly absorbent sewage-saturated materials, such as carpet, pad, upholstery, bedding, wicker, paper, or even fabrics that can't be washed in hot water (130 F/54 C) for at least 10 minutes, must be contained and disposed of properly. This goes for sewage-saturated drywall, insulation and several other structural materials too. There's simply too great a health risk involved if any of these materials are dried in place and cleaned only.

Only the most highly trained professionals should attempt sewage remediation work. Then, a "third party" indoor environmental professional can provide post-remediation verification or "clearance testing" to ensure that the home or building is safe to re-occupy.

Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO Tips: What to do if water damage strikes your home

8/22/2020 (Permalink)

Nobody plans on having water damage interrupt their lives, but it happens each and every day. Here are some tips on what to do should water damage strike your home!

WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES:
-Shut off the water source if possible.
-Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
-Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
-Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
-Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
-Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
-Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
-Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
-Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpeting.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM SERVPRO of Howard and Tipton Counties:
-Your First Responder is being dispatched to contact you and come to your location to assess the damage and begin mitigation services.

-Once mitigation services have begun, your First Responder will determine a drying plan to expedite drying and get you back to your normal routine of life.

-We expect under normal circumstances for drying to take place between 3 to 5 days. Your First Responder will advise you if it appears that drying time may exceed this goal.

-After initial services have been performed, a daily site visit will be necessary to ensure we are meeting or exceeding the drying plan and all equipment is functioning to the highest capacity.

-Upon completion of the drying plan, your water damage manager will meet with you on-site to ensure you are satisfied with all services performed.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."