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What’s Really Happening With Water Damage Remediation in Santa Rosa Beach

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

lifebuoy floating in kitchen floodwaters Don’t let the water damage event in your home get out of hand.  Contact SERVPRO for emergency services right away.

Why Santa Rosa Beach Residents should be Aware of Microbial Growth in Water Damage Situations

It can be easy for a water incident in your home to get out of hand. Unfortunately, once water enters the house, it has the potential to cause massive amounts of damage. One of the reasons for that is the microbes present in all types of water. In modern restoration, it is almost impossible to talk about water issues without talking about microbial topics. Microbes are invisible to the naked eye but can reside within the water or in areas of the home. 

Microbes are the reason that you notice unpleasant odors or yellowing in association with water damage in your Santa Rosa Beach. These microscopic organisms include bacterias, viruses, and fungi, which can cause a health concern or the presence of mold. While homeowners may seek to rectify water incidents themselves to save on expenses, doing so can have the opposite effect. Many mold remediation and long-term water exposure restoration jobs are the results of a previous water incident in the home. 

So how do we tackle an organism that is invisible to the naked eye? SERVPRO responds as quickly as possible to prevent the spread of water. In some cases, in place, drying techniques are useful, but it is generally more time-efficient to detach carpets and float them using air movers to dry underneath. While extraction wands may be primarily thought of as water removal equipment, we can also adapt this equipment to distribute anti-microbial treatments directly onto floors and carpets. 

Microscopic particles can become airborne quickly, especially when we are using air circulation to increase evaporation. Hydroxyl generators can be used to disperse both deodorants and anti-microbial chemicals. SERVPRO technicians favor these generators in residential homes because they are water-based and therefore need less ventilation than traditional, ultra-low volume fogging equipment.

Managing microbes is a tough task without expert training and equipment. To bring your water emergency under control, contact SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington Counties at (850) 267-0746.

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