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What Are Some Practical Ways to Handle Contamination During Flood Removal in Ft. Lauderdale Homes?

12/24/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Uses Both Physical and Chemical Methods to Remove Contaminants From Affected Properties

When handling flood removal, you have to take care of many distinct issues. Contamination is one such issue, and its sensitive nature necessitates careful handling to prevent spreading or unnecessary exposure for people.

Contaminants can be spread out all over the property. Therefore, you interact with them during many steps of flood removal from your Ft. Lauderdale home. That is why professionals like SERVPRO plan how to address contamination right from the beginning. 

There are three common ways used to handle contaminants:

Isolation means identifying the harmful materials and then protecting materials and contents from coming into contact with the toxic substances. Our SERVPRO technicians can achieve this by removing contents from affected areas or setting up containment barriers. 

Since isolation may not be possible, especially when groundwater is involved, another solution is removing heavily contaminated materials. In most cases, these are porous materials since cleaning them cannot remove all trace pollutants. Our SERVPRO technicians remove carpets, pads, and insulation from flooded sections of the property, thus leaving the hard surfaces and structural supports, which can be decontaminated by cleaning and applying chemicals.

Various chemical agents can help address contaminants, including:

  • Antimicrobial agents
  • Sterilants
  • Disinfectants 

Many commercial products produced for managing contaminants combine several chemical agents, making them practical for multipurpose use. Our SERVPRO technicians look for products with the right concentration levels to combat the pollutants we expect at your flooded property. For instance, if there is a sewage backup, biohazard levels are high, so we opt for products with a higher concentration of disinfectants.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South evaluates flooding incidents to ensure the flood removal approach chosen suits the condition at the site. You can reach us at (954) 776-2000 when you need assistance. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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