How To Recover From A Flood
After a flood the damage can be extensive and beginning the cleanup can be daunting. Where do you start? Commercial property owners in Bellevue, WA struggle with this question every year, but by removing water, discarding ruined items, and content cleaning, your business will soon be back to normal.
1. Eliminating Standing Water
Before you can determine what can be cleaned, there can’t be any water left in the building. The standing water should be professionally removed. Bacteria and mold that is often found after major flooding, it’s important that you don’t come in contact with the water itself. It’s easier for you do a full cleanup if there isn’t any water to contend with.
2. Removing Loose Items
Unfortunately, not all items can be saved. This is especially true for porous surfaces. Porous materials include certain types of tile, laminate and granite. These permeable materials don’t have a smooth surface and because of this, content cleaning is more difficult and complex. Certain pieces of furniture or appliances may have to be removed from the property entirely to properly disinfect the building. If you’re ever confused about what to keep or throw out, a professional can help.
3. Cleaning Contents
For hard surfaces, it is recommended that you use a mixture of water and detergent. While most non-porous surfaces are safe to clean, keep in mind that black water is a breeding ground for molds, so if you suspect or know there was waste water involved, be sure to get expert help.
It may seem like a long road to restoration, but it’s easier to consider if you break it up into simple stages. Clearing out the water, removing the items, and proper content cleaning should have your business back on track in no time and SERVPRO of Bellevue West can help! Visit http://www.SERVPRObellevuewest.com for more information on flood damage.