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Cleaning and Sanitizing After Water or Fire Damage Has Occurred
Don’t grab a mop and a broom just yet. Each type of damage your home may face poses unique challenges when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing after the fact. You may not have the proper equipment to handle the cleanup on your own, and you could unknowingly be placing yourself in a dangerous situation by attempting to handle the cleanup while ill-prepared to do so.
Home restoration specialists come prepared with an arsenal of the right tools, and a thorough knowledge of how to properly clean and sanitize your home. For big messes or messes that pose a health risk, it’s best to step back and let an expert take the lead.
Damage From Fire
Fires leave lingering smells, potentially harmful ashes, and contaminated air in their wake. Surface cleaning won’t fix everything, and you may not be able to remove the odor without proper equipment. Cleaning the air of your home is an especially difficult task, and clean air to breathe is imperative for the health of your family.
After a fire, salvageable linens and upholstered furniture will need to be properly laundered to remove the smell of smoke. Ashes and soot need to be thoroughly vacuumed from every corner of your home. They may have accumulated in your central air system, making it imperative to clean your ducts and replace your filters.
Damage From Clean Water
Even clean water can create a sour odor on your furniture, carpet, and linens. Water has the potential to cause mold, and the cleanest tap water in the world is no exception. Trace minerals and microbes still live in this water, and though they aren’t typically as harmful as sewage, they still need to be handled properly.
The structure of your homes and items contained within an affected area need to be treated with special solutions that will prevent the growth of mold. Mold is an even larger issue than water damage by itself, and preventative care is necessary. All porous items will need to be properly laundered and thoroughly dried before they’re returned to your home. A specialist may use a dehumidifier to remove water lingering in the air that can create a sour odor. This is also necessary to prevent the humidity from being absorbed by your home.
Damage from Sewage Water
Sewage water is exceedingly dangerous. Your possessions could be teeming with live e coli and hepatitis, and you won’t be able to tell just by looking. The cleaning and sanitation process with sewage water is one of the most complicated ones, and it’s best left entirely in the hands of a professional. Never attempt to touch contaminated items until a cleaning specialist has deemed them safe to handle.
Sewage water is easily capable of spreading diseases. After the sitting water is removed, the cleaning crew will need to take a specialized approach to killing these bacteria without making themselves vulnerable. This usually involves full-body industrial decontamination suits. Ponchos, rubber boots, and cleaning gloves aren’t reliable enough to effectively shield against dangerous bacteria.
Before these items are moved, the strongest antibacterial cleaning agents available are used to disinfect surfaces and nonporous items affected by sewage. Some porous items may not be salvageable, and may have to be properly disposed of. Everything that can be saved will be thoroughly dried, and in some cases, disinfected again.
Damage from Mold
Mold can cause serious respiratory issues, and its presence may be fatal to those who suffer from mold allergies or people with compromised immune systems. In most cases, it’s extremely inadvisable to risk breathing in mold spores. This makes mold cleanup a very unique process.
Active mold growth, particularly if it is extensive, is extremely dangerous to approach without the right protection. Skin should not come into contact with mold, and the cleaning process may dislodge spores into the air. For this reason, a professional cleaning crew might use equipment to protect their mouth and lungs while they’re working with the mold.
Depending on the surface that’s cultivated mold and the level of damage that’s been done, some surfaces and nonporous items may be able to be properly treated. If they can’t, they’ll have to be disposed of. Sometimes, patches of wall or floor will need to be removed and replaced. Other items and surfaces are subject to a thorough disinfecting process that kills live mold and prevents it from spreading.
The Disposal of Unsalvageable Items
Not everything can be cleaned – it’s inevitable that some things will need to be disposed of. With fire damage and clean water damage, the disposal process is a little more straightforward. With mold or sewage damage, these items require specialized methods of disposal.
Furniture and possessions that have been irreparably damaged by mold and sewage need to be disposed of in a sterile way. They’ll have to be removed from your property immediately in order to prevent further contamination. Sewage in particular is biohazardous, and requires special disposal methods. A professional cleanup crew will be able to help you with the disposal of these items. They’re already familiar with the procedure, and they know how to have dangerous refuse hauled away.
We’re Here To Help
Cleaning up after damage to your home is a rigorous process, and it needs to be done right. You may not have access to the proper chemicals and equipment needed for a proper cleanup job. Home restoration specialists are already prepared to handle the cleanup after they respond to your call for help.
Restoration Local an expert to provide you with a free estimate and immediate assistance. Not only will we be able to help restore, clean, and sanitize your home, but they can also help you document the losses of unsalvageable items so you can work with your insurance company to replace them.
If you have water damage or fire damage, call Restoration Local 24/7 at 1-888-443-3110 for a free estimate!