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Does the Same Company Provide Flood Restoration and Cleaning for Newark Homes?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy rain on roof; trees in background With rain comes flooding. SERVPRO has the expertise to remediate all flood damage in your Newark home.

Our SERVPRO Professionals Have Efficient Cleaning and Restoration Strategies to Make Flood Losses "Like it never even happened." 

Recovering a damaged property after a flood in Newark can require several steps happening in quick succession. As a leading flood restoration company for the region, we have been able to reduce the time of these projects by offering a comprehensive approach, including mitigation and reconstruction. With natural flooding, one of the chief concerns is exposure to potential contaminants, which can often get addressed with a thorough cleaning and other practices implemented along with the arrival of our experienced SERVPRO technicians. 

Flooding restoration for Newark properties is only successful when all of the concerns and detrimental conditions have gotten addressed and resolved. To do this efficiently, we have both in-house contractors to oversee immediate repairs and demolition necessary to protect the property, contents, and occupants from contaminant exposure and qualified cleaning technicians to manage threats impacting surfaces and materials that do not require removal. A combination of strategies and products are necessary to return a flood-damaged property to preloss condition after a disaster. 

What Is the Purpose of Job Scoping for Flood Recovery? 

 An evaluation of your property's damage and condition after a flood can be vital to determine the best approaches for restoration and repairs. The assessment gets conducted by our highly trained project manager working to establish current conditions to share with the responding technicians. The better prepared our SERVPRO team can be for the loss effects, the more we have the necessary tools and equipment to address the damage and potential contaminants before they worsen. The type of cleaning and recovery necessary for surfaces and contents can also get determined during this evaluation. Job scoping can identify potential restoration hurdles, such as: 

  • Contamination – Natural flooding often comes with the risks of contaminants, bacteria, and viral pathogens. The effects of these substances on the contents and structural elements of the house can be destructive, but there are concerns about exposure for the property's occupants. 
  • Content Loss/Damage – Your home's contents are often the most heavily damaged by stalled floodwater pooling in areas of the property. Even with our fast response, job scoping can often identify total losses and contents that can still get salvaged with the right cleaning approaches. 
  • Structural Concerns – Oversaturation and absorption can degrade the structural integrity of flooring supports, subflooring, and wall systems to the point of collapse or failure.  

What Conditions Could Exist with Natural Flooding Threats?  

Natural flooding in Newark introduced particles, bacteria, and debris into your house from everywhere that the migrating water has passed. Water moving on roadways can pick up cinders, oils, and other fluids. Rushing water can uproot trees and carry other organic matter like carcasses and fauna into the home. There are no two identical situations when flooding is concerned, so the response necessary to clean and restore these conditions changes accordingly. Water breaching the exterior walls of your home can bring many substances and solids with it, including: 

  • Bacteria
  • Viral Pathogens
  • Chemicals
  • Oils
  • Mud
  • Decaying Organic Matter 

What Cleaning Products Get Used?  

Cleaning is one of the critical elements of every restoration project that our SERVPRO team undertakes, but it is essential for flood damage recovery and repairs. Depending on what materials and contents in the house become exposed to potential contaminants, residues, and soils, the cleaning products and approaches used to restore them change. We choose among potent cleaning agents and chemical solvents to address pressing concerns on the property after a flood. These agents include: 

  • Phenolics – These products are reliable and work well against contaminants such as fungus, microbial growth, viruses, and bacteria. These solutions often have a stronger smell than other options, making it harder to use with customers sensitive to overpowering scents. 
  • Chlorines – Much like iodine-based solvents and products, chlorines are disinfectants with more potent oxidizing properties than other agents our SERVPRO team uses. These can get used as an active germicide in rooms with proper ventilation. 
  • Quaternary Compounds – Regarding disinfectants, quats are among the most traditionally used because they have a pleasant odor that makes them a more suitable choice for residences than phenolics. 
  • Botanicals – There are some businesses and homes that only want botanical (plant-based) products used for cleaning and disinfection of contaminants. Thymol and citric acid-based solutions fit into these categories. 

As challenging as flood losses might seem, a significant threat exists with lingering or mismanaged contaminants. Natural flooding damage should get resolved with experienced professionals like our SERVPRO of Newark team. Contact us today at (302) 733-7933.

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