After a situation involving flooding, it is vital that specialists like Steamys Cleaning and Restoration Services in Melbourne are contacted to begin Water Mitigation, to remove excess water from the premises. They will liaise with either the Insurer or homeowner, depending on the circumstances and determine a Scope of works.
The process will involve the drying of the affected area using the latest in drying equipment. The drying process will require the use of thermographic and moisture reading equipment to ensure the surfaces are dried to industry standards. Carpets and underlay are cleaned if their condition is deemed restorable, however in general, carpets, underlay and household goods like the children’s stuffed toys, soft furnishings like couches and mattresses, affected by Black water are disposed of and replaced.
Water damage is categorised into 3 groups:
- Category 1 is drinking water and damage can be the result of something like a burst water pipe containing fresh water.
- Category 2 referred to as Grey Water, is slightly contaminated water which originates from sources including bathwater, dishwashers and the washing machine.
- Category 3, also known as Black Water, is contaminated water originating from toilets or sewer pipes, roof leaks, overflowing outside drains and pools of dirty water which have gathered over a period exceeding 72 hours, to mention a few common sources.
When Category 3 water is involved, Steamy’s Cleaning & Restoration Services specialists use a full process, which includes the removal of affected materials and a wash down in accordance with the S-500 and S-520 industry standards, finishing with a disinfectant treatment to the area which has been affected. Swab testing is done on affected areas to ensure restoration to healthy and safe standards.
Risks associated with a failure to act on Water Damage, particularly Category 3 damage, involve, but are not limited to the growth of mould and bacterial cultures like E. Coli, resulting in conditions such as Gastroenteritis, cramps, diarrhoea, vomiting, skin and eye infections and possible liver infections.
Call Steamy’s Cleaning and Restoration Service’s trained specialists in Melbourne, for advise on immediate and effective Sewerage treatment on 1300 881 110