Residential and Commercial Flooded Building Cleaning
Residential and commercial water damages often are unpredictable and can destroy your property or business. They can create an inconvenience and a threat to the health and safety of residents of the affected building. They also pose a threat to the integrity of the construction.
When a residential or a commercial building is affected by a water damage, its residents can always rely upon Water Damage Repair San Francisco services. Our trained and experienced professionals always work fast at affordable prices. We work with property insurance companies and offer direct insurance billing.
We do not underestimate any problem but we do not find any problem too big and unsolvable. Our company has been serving San Francisco and Bay Area for more than 4 years striving to meet the requirements of all clients who need help facing residential or commercial water damage.
Contact us as soon as possible and we will offer you a free no obligation consultation and assessment of the extent of damages. Our teams of trained and experienced professionals are able to identify the most effective way to reduce the inconvenience to the residents and minimize the damages and costs. We value both, your health and your property, so we always dedicate ourselves fully to the needs of our customers. We are aware that if not dried as fast as possible water becomes the main contributor to the structural damages of the building as well as to mold and mildew establishment and growing, therefore we provide an instant and proper response to your problem.
Water Damage Repair San Francisco was founded as a company whose mission has always been to help building owners, contractors, operators, and volunteer assistant groups to deal with the challenges of living or working in buildings that were not properly dried and restored after floods in San Francisco. If the building affected by flooding is not cleaned and dried within a few days after the flood event, mold and mildew contamination is expected, and certain actions are required to clean and recover the building.
The main hazards associated with floods are as follows:
- Health hazards caused by flood waters contaminated with diverse bacteria, microorganisms, oil, pesticides, toxic chemicals, or heavy metals. These contaminants can cause serious diseases, allergies, and even death.
- Safety hazards associated with malfunction of electrical and mechanical systems and appliances, exposure to toxic chemicals like asbestos and lead, and mold and mildew establishment and growth.
- Construction issues such as foundation cracks, damaged walls, overflow of sewer lines, etc.
Once occurred, these problems need a fast and proper response to remedy the situation. We provide the best protection of the occupants while working to repair and restore their homes or businesses. Our teams of trained and experienced technicians always follows the right processes to protect the customers from all health and safety risks caused by flood waters inside buildings.
The most important rules that must be followed during the cleaning and restoration of a building affected by floods are:
- Do not use electrical receptacles that are wet or damaged by flooding waters. They pose a high threat of electrical shocks or fire. Deactivate the apt fuses or circuit breakers and then remove and replace all flooded electrical receptacles
- Do not forget protection from mold and mildew contamination. When enter a building affected by flood, always wear a protective suit, rubber gloves, and respiratory protection to avoid health hazards associated with mold establishment and growth
- Do not forget protection from asbestos and lead. Remember that asbestos and lead can often be found in buildings constructed before 1980. When inhaled asbestos fibers severely escalate the risk of cancer and other serious respiratory diseases. Our bodies absorb and store lead in blood, bones and tissues. Lead poisoning can cause serious brain or kidney damage or even death. Therefore if asbestos or lead contamination is suspected, material testing should be performed by a licensed expert. If their presence is confirmed, immediate and proper remediation process should be conducted by certified professionals
Cleaning flood-damaged buildings
The process of cleaning the flood-damaged buildings includes certain steps that must be followed to provide effective solution to the problem. These steps are:
- Setting up plastic barriers to separate the unaffected and affected areas of the damaged building. Thus the risk of mold establishment and growing in unaffected parts will be reduced
- Cleaning and sanitation of all objects that have been into contact with the floodwaters. Thus the risk of contamination with various bacteria, microorganisms, oil, pesticides, toxic chemicals, and heavy metals will be reduced
- Removal of all water-damaged porous materials because their proper cleaning is almost impossible
- Selection of effective cleaner or sanitizer approved by EPA. Moldy surfaces must be cleaned first and then disinfected to remove mold spores and remedy the situation
- Effective application of cleaners and sanitizers through the use of combination of brush cleaning and foam cleaning followed by pressure washing.is considered as the best cleaning method because foaming allows the cleaners and sanitizers to stay on the affected surfaces long enough for the chemicals to eliminate the hazardous microorganisms or mold. This method also reduces the amount of product used and fastens the drying process. To rinse the residual foam from floor, walls and other surfaces pressure washing is recommended
- Selection of effective drying method. After the cleaning processes are completed, selection of a proper drying method is of paramount importance for the effective building repair and restoration. The selection is made by a flood expert who is educated and experienced enough to decide whether natural or equipment accelerated drying is the best option for the specific situation. This choice is often dependent on the moisture levels, the weather conditions, the building’s ventilation and many other factors. However, to make the right choice in all situations, proper examination of moisture levels is required before initiating any drying process