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How Can You Get Rid of That Disgusting Stench in Your Business After a Flood?

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Wet carpet in office building, file cabinets, boxes, desk Office storm damage in Baton Rouge, LA.

After a flood hits Baton Rouge, LA, it’s not unusual for the bad odors to follow quickly. Humidity trapped in an area allows for explosive black mold growth on some construction materials. Plus, floodwaters often contain raw sewage that overflows from inundated city sewers.
Sadly, damage this heavy can’t be handled with a little bleach. It takes an arsenal of specialized commercial solvents and deodorizers to fix the problem once it’s thoroughly embedded in your building.

What Is That Smell?

Flood water that covers a wide area picks up everything it touches. During heavy storms, city sewer systems can be overwhelmed, potentially allowing a sewage loss to mix into the flood. Cars may float, but underneath, the water is picking up lots of substances, including

Gasoline
Transmission fluid
Oil

All the toxins built up in area soils will also work their way into the water. Chemicals from commercial and industrial sources also get blended in.
Next, after the water starts receding, the organic construction materials in your building, such as drywall and wood, start feeding huge colonies of black mold growth. If left unchecked, it can create an unbearable stench that no customer or employee will tolerate.

How Do You Remove It?
Top mold and water damage restoration experts in your area have over 100 different cleaners and deodorants to use for the widest range of disinfecting and deodorizing. SERVPROXIDE is a proprietary sanitizer that is one of the safest and most effective cleaners available, so ask them if they have access to it.
Different odors and materials require different strategies, so having experienced technicians is essential. From bioblasts, leather cleaners, citrasolvents and an innovative wood crème paste, everything in your business can be completely deodorized and disinfected. You’ll be able to reopen quickly and with confidence that customers or tenants will be pleased.
Mold growth and raw sewage are part and parcel of a serious flood. That’s why so many businesses call restoration experts to return their building to its original condition after heavy flood damage.

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