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Water Damage and Lasting Odors

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Flood cuts performed on a drywall Water and mold in a commercial property in Phippsburg, ME

Water Damage and Lasting Odors

When your Phippsburg, ME, properties suffer from water damage and mold growth, there's more to clean up than the structural damage. All of the furniture, equipment, wall and floor coverings, and inventory are also affected. One type of damage that often happens to hang around the longest is apparent as bad smells. Fortunately, professionals have many tools available to correct damages while ridding your buildings of residual smells:

  • Wet or dry-cleaning techniques are familiar to many property owners.
  • Spray and wipe products treat fabrics and other materials that are too vulnerable for typical cleaning methods.
  • Foam cleaning is used on sensitive areas that could be damaged by liquids.
  • Abrasion is sometimes used when surfaces are covered in sticky or thick substances.
  • Immersion cleaning is appropriate when inventory and other belongings can be dipped into a container of cleaning products.

When the appropriate cleaning techniques are used, it's very likely that odors won't be a problem. Once in a while, however, odors persist.

The Spread of Unseen Mold

Mold growth is one of the most common forms of water damage to go unnoticed after flood water has receded. As mold spores travel and colonies spread, musty odors and other bad smells become noticeable. The best way to avoid this problem is to contact water damage cleanup and remediation professionals as soon as possible. Quick, thorough cleanup procedures can wipe out new mold colonies before spores have the chance to settle.

Sewage Contamination

Sewage LOSS (large on-site sewage system) failure and system overflows are other types of water damage that leads to lingering bad smells. When these problems happen, don't try to correct the situation on your own. Don't use harsh chemicals or enter any areas where electricity and water pose a hazard. Maintain your own safety and that of any staff in the area. Turn the cleanup over to professionals.

The appearance of flood water can lead to unseen problems, such as mold growth, or system failures that allow sewage to soak into structural elements. Both of these situations can lead to serious odor concerns. Cleaning professionals are the best source of lasting solutions.

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