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Odor Removal from Flooding in a Commercial Building

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Odor Removal from Flooding in a Commercial Building

Flood water can leave your commercial building in Geauga, Ohio in a bad state. The damp conditions can lead to mold growth, which can cause bad smells if left unattended. Flooding caused by sewage backup or sewage loss can be linked with even worse odors. Working with storm restoration professionals can make odor removal after flooding possible. Some of the steps for odor removal are as follows:

Dry Out the Space

The first step in odor removal is drying out the flooded space. This can take a lot of time and effort. You may need to do the following to get a space back to its original state:

Use a wet vacuum or sump pump to remove standing water from the premises.
Employ dehumidifiers to draw excess moisture from the air.
Get a portable air conditioner with a “extra dry” setting to suck even more moisture out of the air.

Once your space is dried out, you’ll be better prepared to remove the foul odors left behind by the standing water.

Apply Disinfectants and Cleaners

Your walls, furniture and flooring may smell bad because of the flood waters. Whether you’re dealing with mold growth or dirty water, you need to remove some of these odors before you’ll be able to be comfortable in the building again. Bleach, odor-eliminating cleaners and white vinegar can be used on certain floors, walls and furniture to help start the odor removal. Of course, you should check the manufacturer specifications before using any type of harsh cleaner on a surface.

If you choose to apply these cleaners and disinfectants on your own, you need to use the proper protective gear. Gloves, masks and goggles can protect you from the mold spores as well as the harsh cleaners being used.

Get Help When Needed

In certain situations, your Geauga, Ohio business will need more than a do-it-yourself remedy. You can stop mold growth and remove unwanted odors from a property after flooding by turning to experts who have the knowledge and equipment needed to do the removal correctly. Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on water damage.

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