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Managing Storm Damage With Professional Cleanup

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Air movers placed on floor facing drywall that has been cut Storm damage after a severe storm in South Laguna Beach, CA

As the most common natural disaster in the United States, floods affect thousands of homes and commercial businesses every year. Business owners and property managers should be familiar with the options for cleanup after a major storm or flood has caused damage. One common technique is a tear-out. This becomes necessary when floodwaters in South Laguna Beach, CA, inundate a property. Floodwaters should be assumed to contain contaminated substances that are detrimental to human health. Anything the water comes in contact with is also tainted by this black water. This often requires drywall and insulation to be removed from the building and replaced with new materials.

Managing Water Damage

A professional storm mitigation franchise has the training and equipment to effectively deal with a variety of disasters. Certified technicians will know when a tear-out is necessary and they will know how to carry out the procedure. The basic steps are as follows:

  • Arrive on-site and assess the situation
  • Remove all standing flood water
  • Determine the extent of black water on building materials
  • Remove contaminated drywall, insulation, and carpeting
  • Replace with clean materials

The damaged materials are cut out at least a foot above the waterline. Failure to replace dirty structures can leave an unhealthy environment for employees and clients. It can also leave unpleasant odors that often grow worse over time.

Handling Storm Restoration

For a property to be returned to its original condition, all excess moisture should be extracted from affected surfaces. This often requires the use of sensitive equipment to detect the presence of hidden water. If the moisture level remains too high, mold can grow in the building. A tear out of wet materials and replacement with new drywall is effective in ensuring the cleanliness of the area. The extent of the restoration process depends on the level of damage. A full recovery after a storm allows a company to resume full operations with confidence.

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