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5 Steps To Recovering From Contaminated Water

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Here Are Five Steps You Can Follow To Ensure Your Business Is Safe

Flood water is considered to be contaminated water. It can pick up viruses, bacteria, sewage, debris, chemicals, and other contaminants that lie in its path. Contaminated water can cause damage to a business and impact its bottom line. To get your operations back to normal as quickly as possible, there are five steps you can follow to ensure your business is safe for customers and employees.

1. Perform Water Extraction
Contaminated water can creep or rush into your building. It can soak everything in its path including furniture, building materials, paperwork, walls, and flooring. The first step to cleaning up the mess is removing the water. Professional water remediation companies use water extraction devices to remove the water quickly.

2. Clean Debris
Flood water can carry debris and leave it scattered on your floor. Any debris left over will need to be cleared away. Materials that are not salvageable will also be removed during the cleaning phase.

3. Dry the Area
You will want to get the water cleaned up as quickly as possible because the longer the water sits, the more time it has to cause damage to your building. Professionals often use industrialized blowing machines to dry the area quickly.

4. Clean and Sanitize
A biocide or bleach solution can be applied to the area to kill off any lingering organisms. This step is absolutely necessary after a flood or toilet overflow.

5. Restore the Building
Once the area has been cleaned and sanitized, the restoration team will begin restoring your business to its original state. Depending on the level of damage, the experts may replace drywall or install a new carpet.
Flood water contains many contaminants, but with proper cleaning and disinfecting, you can return your business in Mount Prospect, IL, to its pre-flood condition. Call a professional water remediation company to make your building appear "Like it never even happened."

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