For Serious Flood Damage, Trust the Experts.
Mold damage caused by flooding, hurricanes, rising rivers, or faulty pipes are situations that SRP is all too familiar with. As a business owner or homeowner, dealing with a catastrophic event is devastating and overwhelming. Most aren’t aware of the hidden dangers associated with water damage, especially due to flooding.
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Any outside water source that enters your home or business contains potentially harmful bacteria, including animal or human waste. Floodwater is considered a Category III Water Source and often contains infectious organisms, including intestinal bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Shigella; Hepatitis A Virus; and agents of typhoid, paratyphoid and tetanus. (Source: www.osha.gov)
Additionally, water damaged areas promote mold growth. Mold spores can cause allergy-like symptoms, respiratory problems and even infections. Aren’t sure what you need to do next? Consider consulting with a mold professional to assist you in the renovation and recovery process. A professional will be able to assess the damage and provide a written protocol with proper mold removal procedures and recommendations. He or she will also pay close attention to hidden mold or bacterial growth, like in HVAC ducts.
Additionally, if the building structure was built in the late 70’s or before, the damaged materials should be tested for asbestos and lead paint before renovation. Do not attempt to test or remove the items yourself. Disturbing asbestos containing materials or lead-based paint could cause asbestos particles and lead dust to become airborne. The last thing an owner needs is to expose occupants to hazards and contaminants.
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SRP has Certified Industrial Hygienists, Toxicologists and Remediation Experts on staff to assist clients from initial microbial assessment through remediation to final clearance sampling to ensure the mold and bacteria was removed appropriately. For over 20 years, SRP has worked with property managers, apartment complexes, retail spaces, hospitals and health care facilities, commercial building owners, and homeowners.
For assistance, call SRP toll-free at 866-243-8480. Our Catastrophe Response Team is available 24/7.