SERVPRO, Santa Ana Homeowners, and Flood Damage Mitigation
Handling Flood Damage in Santa Ana Properly
If your property is affected by floods, you are likely to face a cocktail of problems, some of which you might not even realize. The water flowing from outside the structure carries harmful chemicals, pesticides, and biohazards like raw sewage or dead animals. The water also soaks into materials such as drywall or even the house contents. Restoring the property to preloss state takes effort and time. Hiring a professional restoration team helps lift the burden.
Dealing with flood damage in Santa Ana involves different steps such as cleaning up affected areas, tearing down parts of the structure and removing water or excess moisture from the structure. The extent of each step depends on the severity of the flooding incident. When our SERVPRO crew arrives at your premises, we first inspect the property to establish which steps are necessary. We also implement safety measures such as checking whether power mains are off and spraying the affected areas with EPA-registered disinfectants to control contaminants.
Most porous materials affected by floodwaters require removal because there is no guaranteed way of decontaminating them. Items like carpets and pad fall in this category, as well as materials like drywall and insulation. When a skilled person handles the removal of these materials, it reduces the chance of damaging unaffected sections of the property. Our SERVPRO technicians perform a flood cut of two feet to four feet which is slightly above the waterline to remove affected drywall and insulation. The flood cut also allows easier access to the wall cavity for removal of moisture and for disinfecting.
Flooding creates a favorable environment for the development of microbes. The moisture in materials, as well as the increased humidity in the house, can lead to mold growth within twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Our SERVPRO technicians aim to bring down humidity levels in the house below 60% to inhibit the growth of mold. We do this by extracting pooling water and using air movers and dehumidifiers to dry wet areas.
When your home is affected by floods, call SERVPRO of Santa Ana South to assist. You can reach us at (714) 558-7772 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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