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3 Tips To Minimize Odors After a Flood

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

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3 Tips To Minimize Odors After a Flood

After a flood, getting your business cleaned and ready to reopen can be an overwhelming amount of work. One often-overlooked aspect of flood damage cleanup is dealing with the odors that typically linger after a flood. These odors are typically caused by contaminants in the flood water itself, as well as by the mold growth that usually begins shortly after the waters recede. Try these tips to rid your  Glendale, MO, business of unpleasant odors after a flood.

1. Act Quickly
It’s important to act quickly after a flood to minimize damage to your business. Evacuate the business, including any customers, clients, tenants, employees, and pets. You can contact your insurance agent and emergency cleanup crews even before the water recedes so that they can be on standby. In a flooding situation, time is always of the essence. The water often brings a host of contaminants into your building, and it only takes a matter of hours after the flood for mold growth to become rampant.

2. Protect Yourself
Flood water, especially water caused by storms or overflowing lakes and rivers, is often filled with dangerous contaminants. The water may contain all manner of chemicals, organic material, sewage loss from flooded and overflowing sewers, bacteria, and more. If you must re-enter the flooded building, wear protective gear and be careful to limit your exposure.

3. Enlist Professional Help
During a flood, highly contaminated water saturates and seeps deep into any porous materials in your business. Completely removing these contaminants and the resulting odors requires extensive training and specialized equipment. Be sure to call a professional flood remediation company, and don’t attempt to handle cleanup on your own.
Take immediate action and bring in professional remediation crews as soon as possible after a flood. Fast cleanup helps minimize offensive odors and mold growth in your business so you can get back to work sooner.

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