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Using Chemical Cleaners After Flood Damage in West Palm Beach

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Flood waters reaching a home Call SERVPRO for assistance after a flood occurs in your West Palm Beach home. We are always available to help.

How SERVPRO Handles Contaminants After Flood Damage Occurs 

Living almost anywhere in Florida exposes you to flood potential, given the number of heavy summer storms and hurricanes in the state. When you live in a city right near the coast, you have even higher potential to undergo a flood at some point, and it is vital to know how to clean your home afterward properly.

Flood damage in West Palm Beach after either a minor or major storm can be challenging, especially if there is widespread damage throughout the community, and home stores run low on materials. You may need professional assistance to restore and clean your home.

After the floodwaters recede and all the excess moisture extracted, one of the biggest tasks facing homeowners is ridding the structure of dangerous microorganisms, including illness-causing bacteria and fungi spores that may foster dangerous mold infestations within the home. There are several different types of disinfectants, formulated explicitly for SERVPRO that attack these microorganisms to halt or hinder their growth. 

Antimicrobial refers to any chemical used against microorganisms that prevent their development or stop their growth. Antimicrobials include germicides, fungicides, virucides, sporicides, and mildewcides. Disinfectants and sanitizers also fall under the umbrella of antimicrobials. Disinfectants such as Vanquish and Microban destroy 99 percent of organisms on contact and are incredibly useful at eradicating dangerous microorganisms after flood damage. They may not kill dormant bacterial or fungal spores, which could potentially reproduce in the future.

The terms sanitizing and sterilizing should not be confused. Sanitizers decrease microbial to levels that are acceptable and are not as harsh of a cleaner as disinfectants; however, after sanitizer use microbes may grow back under the right conditions. With this in mind, sanitizers are not the best primary cleaning solution after a flood. They are, however, useful as a secondary cleaner used in conjunction with disinfectants. Disinfection can be attained, which is a step above sanitizing a structure or room. 

SERVPRO technicians do not use sterilizers for any water or flood damage. Sterilization kills all microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi spores, but is not possible for cleaning a residence since it can only be used on surfaces that can withstand the dangerously strong chemicals containing chlorine. Sterilizing is typically used in clinical environments and not applicable to residence cleaning.

Contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 for 24/7 for help recovering after flood damage.

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