In Australia a flood can be devastating to life and property. Once a flood takes place on your property, it is imperative that the water is cleaned up and the property dried by a professional as soon as possible. This is very important for several reasons.
Buildings can take weeks to dry out after such a disaster has taken place. The water which remains in these structures can cause rot and deterioration, which can adversely effect the stability of the building.
Structural Deterioration, Corrosion, and Mould
Once water penetrates the electrical outlets, wiring, and equipment, they can become corroded, which is an added hazard. Harmful contaminants such as asbestos can be carried throughout the structure in the flood waters, and then mould can set in, destroying books, papers and more and causing serious health issues. With all of this in mind, you can see why it is vital that a professionally trained technician get to work on drying the structures out as soon as possible.
When the carpets, underlay, and wood flooring becomes wet, there is often a concrete subfloor which becomes wet as well. The gyprock walls can then absorb the water, which will soak it’s way to the pine frame which exists inside the walls. Most companies would simply vacuum the water out, and place air movers to dry the carpet, underlay, and floors. The concrete slab, however, is ignored with this procedure, and can allow water to pass through the paper lining to the gyprock wall. Mould can then form, and eventually, the wall, carpet, and more will have to be replaced. Because of this, it is vital to dry the structure properly.
At Steamy’s Cleaning and Restoration, we have specialised equipment which will dry inside the walls, under the cupboards, inside the ceilings, crawl spaces, subfloors, and more. Our moisture detection equipment is state of the art, so we will know if there is still moisture in the structure which could lead to future problems. Our trained technicians and technology will make sure that there is no moisture left behind so that the building, as well as it’s occupants are safe in years to come.