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What Should I Do If Muddy Water Rises from the Ground into My House?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged room. flooring removed. Floodwater is often contaminated. Take precautions when restoring your flood damaged home.

For Flood Damage Mitigation When Muddy Water Enters Your Home as a Result of a Flood in Jacksonville, Call SERVPRO

Anyone who has lived in the Jacksonville area knows the region could get hit by hurricanes or their after-effects. Once cyclone conditions strike the neighborhood, massive amounts of rainfall could occur and cause your property to get heavily saturated.

What can happen if moisture gets into my house from the ground?

During flood damage mitigation projects in Jacksonville, our SERVPRO technicians first inspect the source of the H2O entering the residence. If the source is a roof leak or water coming in from a window, it is classified as a category two situation, meaning that there is a chance the moisture could be contaminated. Suppose muddy waters enter your structure from the ground. In that case, it is more than likely contaminated by harmful microorganisms, and the incident gets treated the same as a sewage backup and called a category three scenario.

What measures need to get taken when the moisture entering my home is contaminated?

  • Remove affected building materials and contents: Since water can soak deeply into porous items such as your carpet or upholstered contents, the bacteria, fungi, and viruses can soak deeply into them. Therefore, our SERVPRO crew must remove wet carpets or rugs that get affected by category three water.
  • Sanitize affected wooden structural components: Once your wet contents and porous building materials like your carpets have been removed, we can then sanitize your subfloors or wooden studs with a chemical product such as Vanquish that can kill any harmful bacteria, fungi, parasites, or viruses.
  • Dry out affected items: Once we apply antibacterial products, we can then work towards drying out your structural components, such as your subfloors, using air movers and dehumidifiers.

Muddy waters entering your home from the ground up can cause several problems. For professional assistance, Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 24/7.

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