Flood Recovery, Second Rule is Prevention

Flood Recovery RulesThe first duty when dealing with a flood of any type is getting rid of the water.  This is a time sensitive concern that may happen naturally as water recedes and with the help of a pump.  So, to prevent further damage to the property, get the water out by any means possible.  As everyone know, this is the utmost priority as the damage will only get worse with standing water in the building.

When the water is out, start the drying process by air movement and ventilation.  

The second priority is prevention of further damage.  Mold and mildew are often the most immediate threats as mold can spread in 72 to 96 hours under high humidity conditions.  If electricity is cut off or the HVAC system is compromised, the place becomes a terrarium.  So, the minimum of a lot of forced air ventilation until something more can be done.  

H2o2 Decon Five is the very best way to treat post-flood conditions once the water is gone.  Decon Five kills mold and mildew on contact, and it injures mold spores so they cannot reproduce.  So, this is what we refer to as the "Initial Shock Treatment", (IST) that will need to be followed by "Interim Maintenance Treatments" (IMT) at key points in the recovery process.  

The Initial Shock Treatment is very important to the building a workers alike because the post-flood building is still a hazard and biohazard area.  The is more than water in most flood waters.  We may encounter sewer water, chemical residue, decaying organic and animal matter, and festering goo.  So, the IST requires a true Broad Spectrum Decontamination process.  This is delivered in a fogging-type spray, so the process is pretty fast.  This also allows the service to "stabilize" multiple homes in the area until the recovery work begins.

Long delays in the recovery process can means months until the work can begin.  So, there may be a need for monthly applications because the underlying threat is unresolved.

Once the building has been cleaned out and cleaned, the IMT application is intended to postpone problems of mold, chemical damages, and environmental threats until the work can be done.  anyone familiar with the problems of massive flooding, like Hurricane Harvey, already knows that it can be months and years between the flood and the start of the cleanup and rebuilding process.  The ability to fog an preventative product to stabilize the building is an incredible asset as it is quickly and easily applied to dozens of homes in just one day's effort.