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Dealing with Odors After the Flood

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Dealing with floodwater at your Garden City Park, NY, business can be overwhelming and time-consuming. Along with dealing with the water itself, the situation can quickly lead to mold growth and other issues that can turn into long-lasting odors. Taking quick action is the key to reducing additional damage and reducing the chances of smells to linger long after your business has dried out.

Steps to Minimize Odors from Forming

Flooding often means sewage loss, which has potential contaminants and noticeable odors from the get-go. As that water sits, it can quickly spread and wick up walls and settle into carpet. To help reduce the chances of that happening, below are three initial steps to getting your business back to normal.

Remove Excess Water and Moisture – As soon as it is safe to do so, getting the water out as fast as possible is necessary. If there is minimal water, towels or mops may do the trick. For larger water losses, wet vacs and pumps may be needed.
Dry Out Affected Areas – Remove any furniture or rugs to a dry, safe place to air out. Run fans and dehumidifiers to eliminate moisture in the air and in affected areas. Increasing airflow is the key to drying out faster.
Clean and Deodorize – While many porous materials may need to be replaced or professionally cleaned, hard nonporous materials should be cleaned and deodorized.

Professional Cleaning
The biggest culprit of lingering smells is mold growth, which can often go unseen until it is too late. A water damage and restoration professional will have the tools to find what is hiding and the latest technology to salvage many more items than may be expected. From specialized equipment on-site to off-site dry and wet cleaning, getting everything professionally cleaned can help avoid problems down the road.
While flooding means dealing with water and potential mold growth, you don’t have to go it alone. Get help that is Faster to Any Size Disaster to get your building back to a safe environment.

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