News of a serious flood is something most people in Southern Ontario associate with places far away from here. However, in July 2013 the news hit close to home. The Greater Toronto Area was particularly hard-hit by a severe rain storm and flash flooding. It was Ontario’s most costly natural disaster to date and serves as a stark reminder that there is no such thing as a flood-proof area.
Whether it’s because of a severe weather event or a broken dishwasher leaking all over the kitchen, Decon Environmental Remediation is prepared to help you address all types of water damage in your home or office. We can also work directly with your insurance company to lighten your load when recovering from a flood.
Health concerns after a flood
After a major flood, whether or not there has been a confirmed sewage back-up, stagnant flood waters should always be treated as contaminated water. Full protective gear is required for anyone involved in a cleanup effort. This includes gloves, masks and waterproof boots that are higher than the level of the flood waters. Thorough washing of hands and any clothes worn during the cleanup is essential.
When the cleanup is completed, the next major concern after a flood is mould contamination. Some species of mould are serious mycotoxins that can cause serious damage to your health. That’s why it’s important to make sure that your flood recovery plan includes sufficient time for all excess moisture to be removed before rebuilding.
Protect your home from further damage
If you check carefully, you’ll probably find a clause in your home insurance policy stating that you must do whatever you can to prevent further damage to your property after a disaster. Some steps you can take after a flood include:
- Keep children and pets clear of the affected area until it has been deemed safe.
- Save the most valuable (financially or sentimentally) items first.
- Patch any holes in the roof, walls or windows.
- If it safe to remain in your home and the weather permits, leave doors and windows open for improved air circulation.
- If items are beyond salvation, make a list of damaged and lost items, and take pictures if possible. This will be helpful later for an insurance claim.
The next most important thing to do is hire a professional property damage restoration company to get everything back to normal as quickly as possible.
How Decon can help address water damage
Decon Environmental Remediation will start by removing all water, slowly so that the walls aren’t further damaged by pumping out the water too quickly. We will then remove all carpets and padding to dry the floors under them completely. Anything that can be salvaged from your home will be with our advanced flood recovery techniques. Our methods are so effective, even materials generally written off after a flood, like hardwood floors, can sometimes be saved. Finally, we will disinfect and decontaminate your home to prevent the growth of mould and any other harmful bacteria.
Picking up the pieces and restoring your home or office after the widespread damage of a flood is traumatic. Decon has the compassion and competency to get you back on your feet quickly. We have seen enough flooding in Toronto and Southern Ontario to know exactly what to do to help you. Rest assured, we will restore your building and you will once again feel safe and sound.