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Why Flood Clean Up Is Important for Your Indoor Air

Posted by Tony on November 9th, 2012

Between Hurricane Sandy and a powerful “nor’easter” storm, the Northeast United States has had a rough couple of weeks. Some much needed sun is in the forecast for this weekend, but unfortunately, water damage doesn’t leave with the clouds.

In fact, water damage can do more than just ruin your favorite items; it can actually make the air in your home unhealthy. Failing to remove contaminated materials and reduce moisture in your home can present serious long-term health risks. It’s a breeding ground for viruses, bacteria, and mold.

When household items are wet for more than a day or two, they usually get moldy, collect germs, and become a hot-bed for bugs. So what you can you do? Here are a few tips to make sure your home is dry and safe to enter after flooding: Learn More Flood Clean Up Tips!

Tips to Help You Cope with Flooding

Posted by Diamond on March 17th, 2011

Ebac Triton DehumidifierRegardless of where you live, you could be affected by flooding at any time. In an effort to raise awareness of the hazards associated with floods, March 14-18 has been designated Flood Safety Awareness Week.

According to NOAA’s National Weather Service, flooding causes more damage than any other severe weather-related event, averaging $5 billion each year. If you find yourself dealing with the after-effects of flood, follow these steps to start the flood recovery process:

  • Contact Your Insurance Company. Your insurance can help guide you through the process of filing a claim, documenting the damage, and starting the cleanup process.
  • Enter with Caution. Following a flood, your home and property could be hazardous to enter. Survey the area for cracks in the foundation, gas leaks, broken power lines, leaking chemicals, and other issues before going into your home.
  • Remove Wet Contents Immediately. Within 24 to 48 hours, mold can begin growing on furniture, bedding, and other upholstered items. These items should be removed from the wet environment as soon as possible, cleaned, and dried thoroughly to prevent serious mold issues from developing.
  • Read more of our tips for handling flood damage

Health Advice for Hurricane Ike Evacuees

Posted by John on September 22nd, 2008

As Hurricane Ike evacuees return home and begin to rebuild their communities, they will encounter various environmental health hazards including mold, contaminated soil, infections, and respiratory ills.

Speaking to Galveston County Daily News, Dr. Scott Weaver points out that organisms living in soil contaminated by human waste can be easily transmitted from hand to mouth; these germs can lead to Hepatitis A, tetanus, or other infections. He advises that people should avoid touching their mouth and eyes and wear rubber boots and gloves. Anyone involved in extensive clean up efforts should get a tetanus shot to be safe. You can also order special disinfectants to clean up areas damaged by flooding. Read more about health hazards in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike

If Your Home Floods, Call a Water Damage Professional Immediately

Posted by John on August 17th, 2008

I still clearly remember the day in sixth grade when I got called to the front office. I was wondering if I was in some kind of trouble when the secretary informed me that my mother was on her way to pick me up from school early. I was ecstatic about leaving early – until my mom told me that the bottom level of our house had flooded. My video games were down there!

My video games turned out to be okay, thanks to my fast-acting father. However, the carpet wasn’t so lucky. Instead of calling a water damage restoration professional immediately, my parents did what they could to clear out the lower level of our split-level home and dry things out. Unfortunately, they didn’t act fast enough. Read more about flood damage restoration