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Dealing With a Hurricane is Traumatic Enough, Consult With a Disaster Response Professional for Flood Assistance

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Dealing With a Hurricane is Traumatic Enough, Consult With a Disaster Response Professional for Flood Assistance

Once the rain is gone and the flooding has receded, you are left with traces of contaminated water in your home or office. Flood damage to your home or business is devastating and an unexpected task to deal with.

Any outside water source that enters your home or business contains potentially harmful bacteria, including animal or human waste.  Floodwater is considered a Category 3 water source, which is the worst type of classification.  Category 3 water, or commonly referred to as black water, 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.

So what do you do next?

Contact a mold professional. Fungi, or more commonly mold, can begin to grow within 24-48 hours following a water intrusion event. With floodwater damage, it is recommended to contact a professional to conduct a fungal and bacterial assessment. Trained environmental consultants will be able to provide a full environmental assessment of the mold and bacterial growth, including hidden mold or potential contaminants within the HVAC system. A visual inspection is conducted and if necessary, mold and bacteria samples are taken. The environmental consultant will be able to interpret the results and develop a protocol with procedures needed to properly remove the mold and bacteria.

Consult with a mold remediation contractor. The environmental consultant may be able to assist you in contacting a contractor. Regardless, there are a few things you should know. Be aware of your states’ laws regarding mold contractors and mold remediation. For example, Louisiana law prohibits a contractor who performs the mold removal from obtaining mold samples of the home or building. Irregardless of the law, separating professionals who performs the work and who obtains samples eliminates any conflict of interest.

Before hiring a contractor, ask for references and verify that he or she is a licensed mold remediation contractor in your state. A written contract should also be obtained prior to having any work performed.

Air out the area. You can initially begin to air out the area by opening up windows and doors to allow air circulation. However, this task will most likely be done by the contractor. The contractor will be able to set up dehumidifiers to wick moisture out of the damaged materials and then remove damaged materials.

Disinfect any salvageable personal items. Once it is safe to enter the home or business, you can begin to remove personal items. It is recommended to thoroughly wash and disinfect the items. This will help prevent exposing you and your family or employees to fungi or bacteria from the floodwater. Keep in mind porous materials like rugs or books may not be salvageable. Furniture can be a challenge because it may be difficult to thoroughly clean inside the cushions. For clothing, follow manufacturers washing instructions.

Trust the Professionals. Many homeowners want to clean and remove mold or damaged materials themselves. However, for the health and safety of your family or employees, it is best to allow the professionals to clean and properly remove the mold and bacteria. The mold consultants and mold contractors have the experience and training needed to perform disaster restoration services.

We understand that dealing with a flooded home or office can be stressful and overwhelming. SRP has assisted homeowners and business owners in disaster response for over 20 years. Hurricane Katrina, Super Storm Sandy and most recently, the devastating flood in South Louisiana. If you have questions about what to do, contact us toll free at 866 222 4972.

SRP Environmental LLC Acquires Excel Civil and Environmental Associates, PLLC

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Shreveport, May 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SRP Environmental, LLC (Shreveport, LA,) an Inc. 5000 company specializing in Environmental, Health, Safety (EHS) and Security Consulting has announced it has acquired the assets of Excel Civil & Environmental Associates, PLLC. ECEA is a provider of Civil, Geotechnical and Environmental Consulting Services to both the private and public sectors in the Southeast. “The acquisition of ECEA broadens our geographic footprint, strengthens & expands our core services and diversifies our customer base,” said Keith Sampson, President and CEO of SRP Environmental LLC (SRP).

Mike Stanforth, Founder and Principal Engineer of ECEA, noted, that the acquisition “would provide unparalleled, comprehensive Civil and Environmental Services in an environment that values both clients and service providers. The resources of SRP Environmental, LLC will strengthen our ability to do this and expand our opportunities.”

Excel Civil & Environmental Associates, PLLC, located in the Charlotte NC area, has been providing Environmental, Civil and Geotechnical Engineering Services since 1996.

Founded in 1996, SRP Environmental, LLC, has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies for three consecutive years and was named a ZweigWhite Hot Firm Winner for 2011 and 2012. With operations throughout North America and the Pacific, SRP provides an array of EHS Services that include Environmental Compliance, Assessment, Remediation, Industrial Hygiene, Catastrophe Response, Safety Consulting and Security Integration. The addition of ECEA, a well-respected Civil, Environmental and Geotechnical firm, allows SRP to provide expanded services, thereby maximizing our dedication and proficiency to the client.

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SRP Environmental, LLC
Corporate Headquarters
348 Aero Drive
Shreveport, LA 71107
Office: (318) 222-2364
Website: www.srpenvironmental.com