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Flood Damage Has Affected My Montrose Home, What is the Best Course of Action?

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Rain on home Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include storm damage. SERVPRO is available 24/7 to assist with remediation services.

Call a Flood Restoration Firm Like SERVPRO to Assist You to Bring Things Back to Normal

Flood damage can weaken or ruin the floors, ceilings, drywall, plaster, framing, appliances, and carpets of your home. This creates a safety hazard for your family and restorers. It is crucial to avoid entering your flooded house until you are sure it is safe to do so. In severe cases, an engineer should inspect the building to determine if it is safe to enter. In the event of a flood, our technicians are available around the clock for dispatch to your residential property. We provide professional customer services that include:

  • Arriving on-site within 60 minutes.
  • No obligation estimates.
  • Inspection.
  • Direct insurance billing.
  • We use advanced cleanup and drying equipment.

How Can SERVPRO Help?

When you call SERVPRO to clean up and dry your flood-damaged Montrose house, our technicians come prepared to begin mitigation efforts right away. We start by assessing the damage to determine its severity. We also provide an estimate that outlines the expense of repair and restoration services. Our technicians have certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and can restore your home to its preloss state from flooding.

What Services Do You Provide?

We base our flood damage restoration services on the situation at hand. They include:

Water Removal - We use suitable water extraction equipment to remove the floodwater. This helps prevent additional damage like rotting of wood, mold growth, and multiplication of microorganisms. We classify floodwater as black water because it contains hazardous materials. Only professionals should handle it. We follow local and state guidelines when dumping wastewater. The requirements differ from one state to the other. They may also vary for different cities within the same state. However, some general rules that apply in most states include:

Filtering wastewater while dumping it to prevent the release of carpet fibers.

Ensuring that a biohazard firm handles water containing biohazards.

Disposing of black, gray, or clean wastewater in a treated and sanitary sewer line or a licensed wastewater treatment facility. 

Debris Removal - We can use rakes to remove the debris that came with the floodwater from your home. If flood water soaked porous materials like your carpet or insulation, we can remove and dispose of them in the right manner. Our SERVPRO crew places the trash in appropriate containers and avoids pressing it down with our feet or hands. Focusing on the floors and ceilings first is essential. This means that unsealed wood, drywall, and cement should be removed and replaced so that the home’s structure can support flood damage repair efforts.

Inspecting For Mold - Some molds cause effects to humans, and they can infest a home within 24 to 48 hours after a flood. Therefore, it is in your best interest to find out if mold has infested your house. If we find mold, we can cut out the affected materials, bag them, and dispose of them immediately.

Cleaning - We can clean and sanitize salvageable belongings like clothing and draperies to prevent microbial growth.

Drying - It is crucial to eliminate all the moisture from the affected areas. We can use heavy-duty ventilating fans to move large volumes of air to increase evaporation and rid affected areas of noxious smells. Our SERVPRO team can also use large capacity dehumidifiers to eliminate water vapor from the air. We can check if the structures and contents of your home are dry using:

  • Moisture sensors.
  • Moisture meters.
  • Thermal imaging cameras.

Disinfection - Flood water may contain bacteria and other microorganisms that cause issues. Therefore, it is essential to disinfect the building materials and contents that came into contact with floodwater. Our SERVPRO team can spray EPA-registered disinfectants on surfaces and waste materials exposed to infectious waste. Disinfection is also vital after flooding because of potential sewage contamination. Our restorers allow the dwelling time shown on the label before we work on the environment.

Restoration - This involves replacing materials such as insulation and drywall. At times the process is simple, like installing several panels of drywall, while severe cases could require the replacement of whole walls. We can subcontract such restoration work to competent contractors.

Does Flooding Affect Termite Treatment Products, and Is Re-treatment Required?

If you have recently applied chemical soil treatments to your home, you may be worried that they are no longer useful. A majority of chemical soil treatments are not water-soluble. Therefore, they stay in the soil. However, if flood water washes away any treated soil or deposits of mud or silt cover it, the chemical barrier is not sufficient anymore, and you need to re-treat your home. Flooding can also ruin termite bait systems, making it necessary to replace the saturated material in bait systems.

If you have experienced flooding in your Montrose, Telluride, Delta, or Crested Butte homes, call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride for help. You can reach us at (970) 240-6970, any time.

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