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Charleston Properties Benefit from SERVPRO's Swift Water Removal Service after a Storm-Damaging Events

12/22/2019 (Permalink)

High Water Yellow Sign reflecting off flooded road Too Much Water at Your Charleston Property? SERVPRO Provides Storm and Flood Damage Mitigation

Safety Considerations When Responding to Charleston Flood Damage

Regardless of the cause of flooding in your Charleston home, the members of our team who respond first follow an inspection protocol that emphasizes safety first for you and your family and our work crews. Helping you understand potential hazards and the ways we lessen their impact as we prepare to mitigate and remediate the damage done to your property is part of the transparent and open communication we pledge to provide during the entirety of the work project.

Flood Waters Create Health Hazards

Dangers can exist when responding to flood damage in Charleston. Our inspection team looks for concerns during the initial scoping of the scenario.  We devise plans to mitigate these dangerous circumstances before emergency services and remediation work proceeds.

Hazards include:

?    Slip, trip, and fall risks
?    Submerged debris
?    Working in confined spaces
?    Electric shock potential
?    Contact with chemicals and possibly toxic materials including seepage from natural or LP gas or oil lines
?    Exposure to biohazards and carcinogens including infectious waste, molds, and asbestos

Flood Waters Create or Worsen Structural Damage

Flood water is heavy as it collects on floors and surfaces. When it flows through spaces, the force it generates can be significant, eroding and weakening or even breaking down structural components. If the flooding followed storm damage from strong winds or driving rain intrusion to your home, the waters could worsen an already precarious situation. Before SERVPRO places water removal equipment and crews into spaces where the flooding concentrates, we must secure the area. We need to ensure neither machinery nor operators are at risk of harm from unstable flooring or sagging ceilings threatening to dump many gallons of water and deteriorated building materials from overhead.

Contaminated Water or Air Can Mandate Protective and Containment Strategies

Overland flood damage involves Category 3 or substantially contaminated water. Sewage, road and landscaping chemicals, industrial waste, dead animals, and organic waste are some of the most significant contamination contributors. As SERVPRO crews begin removing the fluids, we need to contain the contaminated water and arrange for lawful disposal. Our crews don personal protective equipment (PPE) and partition and seal off the workspaces. We employ negative pressure air scrubbing equipment to capture hazardous airborne particles and the odors they carry with HEPA filters, venting to the outdoors to prevent drift to unaffected spaces in your home.

SERVPRO of South & West Charleston ensures that necessary safety precautions are in place before and during your flood damage restoration project. Call us at (843) 823-7400 to schedule an assessment and begin the development of a custom recovery plan.

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