Flood Damage in Portsmouth After a Storm
SERVPRO's Fast and Efficient Response Dries Out Your Property and can Prevent Secondary Damages
Extreme weather can drop millions of gallons of water into a relatively small area overnight. It overcomes river banks, levees, and dams in less than a day, with people's homes sitting helplessly in the way.
When flood damage in Portsmouth is from a storm system, there is the additional threat of contaminated water to homes. There is soil and other debris not present with a broken hose from a dishwasher. That can mean more property has to be replaced rather than restored, which translates to thousands of dollars in additional costs. This situation makes the cleaning services offered by SERVPRO just as important as water removal.
Our first action to clean and restore property is to get it out of the water. Since the items sit on the floors, for the most part, merely removing the water is not enough. Our response team places furniture and other items on wood or cinder blocks. Raising the property gets it off carpets and wood floors, preventing wood finishes and paints from leaving stains. It also helps water to drain and puts airflow over and under the items.
Next, we inspect everything. If there is any soil or other contaminants found on the surface, we start cleaning immediately. If it does not spread and stain more of the surface, our specialists use brushes to remove heavy soil. Brushing is effective on hard surfaces like bookcases and tables but may not be possible on fabrics like curtains, drapes, and upholstered furniture.
When it comes to cleaning, every SERVPRO office has access to a nationwide network of antimicrobial cleaners and commercial detergents. In the decades we have been in the restoration business, we have found very few stains that our technicians cannot remove. The EPA approves everything we use for residential purposes. We use a special immersion tank that forces bubbles into the cleaning solution and over and through the property for those items heavily soiled and stained.
Cleaning up after a storm is not a fast or easy process. At SERVPRO of The Seacoast, we have the experience and training to put your home back together and return it to its original state so you can return to your life before the storm. Call us at (603) 433-4300 today.