Today is very busy, we have responded to 3 large water damage jobs, one is 3 story apartment building with 3 units water damaged.
We are still assessing the extent of damage, one was caused by fire damage, then the water due to the Firefighters efforts. San Francisco is always busy and unpredictable. San Francisco residents can rely on Dryfast Property Restoration Services. Always prompt and affordable, we work with insurance companies closely, direct insurance billing.
No job is to big or small for us, serving San Francisco for over a decade. Contact us today for a free no obligation consultation and estimate. We love San Francisco and we give our 100% to our customers. If not dried on time water can cause damage to the structure of the building, therefore mold can start growing where hidden trapped moisture sits long enough without any ventilation.
Dryfast Property Restoration is a company that was founded to help building owners, contractors, volunteer assistant groups as well as operators to deal with the problems of working in buildings that were not fully cleaned and dried after floods in San Francisco. When a flooded structure is not cleaned and dried in a few days after the flood cataclysm, mold contamination is expected and a definite process is required to reinstate the building.
What are the key issues associated with floods?
Floodwaters carry diverse types of contaminants such as oil, pesticides, bacteria and heavy metals that are dangerous to an individual’s health. Safety concerns that are associated with wet electrical and mechanical systems, exposure to asbestos as well as lead from building materials, and mold growth should be addressed. Mold is a serious health hazard if the building is reoccupied without proper water removal or cleaning. San Francisco residents are lucky that Dryfast general contractor services provide personal safety from the health risks posed by flooded buildings, and provide protection from electrical shock and mold contamination.
Here are some tips that should be taken into caution when cleaning a flooded building.
- Electrical receptacles that were previously flooded should not be used to operate drying or cleaning equipment. Why? Wet receptacles are at a high risk of causing shocks and fire. All flooded electrical receptacles should be removed and replaced after the apt fuses or circuit breakers are deactivated.
- An individual entering a previously flooded building, with mold growth, should wear a disposable outfit to avert contamination of their clothes and increase protection from respiratory complications.
- Asbestos on pipes and boiler insulation, floor tiles as well as electrical wiring are prevalent in many buildings constructed before 1980. Moreover, paint in these buildings may contain lead. Inhaling asbestos fibers released from building materials can escalate the risk of contracting cancer and a number of consequential respiratory diseases. If asbestos or lead paint is suspected, obtain the services of a specialist to perform material testing, and do not disturb the material until testing has been completed. If testing confirms the presence of lead, remediation should be conducted by a licensed experts.
How are flood-damaged buildings cleaned?
Plastic barriers are set up between the unaffected and affected parts of the building. The barriers will lower the possibility of mold spores unfurling to the unaffected regions. All content that came into contact with the floodwaters ought to be cleaned as well as sanitized. Water-damaged porous substances are typically tough to properly clean and ought to be discarded. We constantly choose endorsed and registered sanitizers and disinfectants for water damage repair. Moldy surfaces are cleaned first and then sanitized. Additionally, mold spores should be completely removed.
Cleaners are proficiently applied using a blending of brush cleaning and foam cleaning processes, then pressure washing is used. Foam cleaning processes are better than wiping or spraying. What is the reason for that? Well, foaming allows the sanitizer to stay on the infected surfaces long enough for the chemicals to kill and eliminate the bacteria or mold. Moreover, this cleaning cuts the amount of product used, fastening the drying process. Pressure washing is key in rinsing residual foam on floor joists, wall studs and other surfaces. The pressure washer is the most efficient rinsing technique that curtails the amount of water used. Additionally, one can use squeegees to direct or control remaining liquid.
After completing the cleaning process, the premises as well as any salvaged contents require to dry. The flood expert should decide the drying method;whether naturally or equipment accelerated. It often depends on the availability of power, the building’s ventilation and heating systems, the weather and the moisture levels of the affected contents. Opening of doors and windows speed up the natural drying process. In all cases, the moisture levels must be examined before initiating any rebuilding.
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