Flood Damage Clean Up

By · July 5, 2011 · Filed in Industry News

If you have experienced flood damage, a flooded basement , or a flooded crawlspace ; if you need need water extraction, flood damage clean up, flooded carpet extraction and drying, or want to prevent mold and mildew growth, you will need a flood damage specialist. A flood damage specialist will use specialized instruments to inspect your home or business for hidden damage like: water damaged drywall, wet insulation, soaked sub-floors, wet wall cavities, moisture trapped behind vapor barriers like sheet vinyl and wallpaper.

Flood water is a catagory 3 water damage and requires certain procedures recommended by the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S500. All porous and semi-porous materials must be replaced. All remaining structural materials must be tested after cleaning to confirm cleaning effectiveness. In other words, carpet, padding, insulation, drywall, upholstery, drapery, rugs, and books must be discarded. Flooded ductwork should be replaced. Certain exceptions can be made for high value area rugs or documents which must be saved. In those cases, restorative cleaning of rugs can be done as long as testing confirms their anti-microbial treatment was effective. Important documents can be dried in a drying chamber or they can be freeze-dried and treated for microbial contamination. These are expensive procedures, but some situations warrant the expense of salvaging flood damaged goods.

When you have no flood insurance, it is tempting to think that it will dry on its own. Theoretically, that is true, but there are some problems in real life. A wet crawlspace can take weeks or months to dry, and that depends on the potential humidity of a high water table or a wet weather spring in the crawlspace. Block foundation walls can hold water almost indefinitely and grow mold and mildew in the process, giving your crawlspace or basement a musty smell. Water trapped behind wallpaper, baseboards, carpet and pad, wood floors, filing cabinets, furniture, and cabinets are always a surprise when they are removed and reveal a black, furry surface. If they stay continually wet over a long period of time, they can grow the toxic, black mold called stachybotrys. This would definitely require a professional for mold cleanup.

DryRite by Tier Restoration uses trained, certified and experienced water damage, flood damage and mold remediation professionals to inspect and professionally investigate flood damaged homes and businesses. We have cleaned up small flooded crawlspaces to large commercial industrial plants. We use third party inspectors, expensive testing equipment, and detailed procedures to¬† to make sure hidden and exposed moisture is dried and treated. Call us today at 615-371-5355 to “Experience the Next Level” in flood damage clean up.