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Why Little Falls Residents should Understand Containment of Contamination during Water Cleanup
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Coming home to a water emergency is the last thing you need as a homeowner. Water damages can occur from faulty appliances, sump pumps, or problems with plumbing infrastructure. The length of time that water resides in an indoor environment can exacerbate the issue with deterioration from clean water to grey or black contamination levels occurring in as little as seventy hours. A trip away for the weekend can mean a benign water issue becomes a property emergency.
One of the primary concerns we have when performing water cleanup for Little Falls residents is cross-contamination. Cross-contamination can be hard to spot and even harder to stop. Wet contents can affect clean rooms in the house. Equally, wet footwear can spread greywater to other areas of the home, which presents a cross-contamination concern, especially in carpeted properties. Here at SERVPRO, we undergo extensive training on containment to ensure property damage does not spread around the home, causing more damage.
Preventing contamination depends on containment. Proper containment can quarantine the affected area, protect yourself and water damage restoration technicians in the property as well as manage airflow. Porous materials are often non-salvageable, in which case SERVPRO technicians can wrap materials in thick polyethylene or sealed plastics. This technique is known as source containment. This type of containment allows us to bring materials through unaffected areas of the property without risking cross contamination.
The other aspects of containment cover local containment and full-scale containment. Wrapping PVC pipes so that contaminants can be safely passed through uncontaminated rooms is essential to ensure proper disposal. In rare, ultra-severe cases, full-scale containment is necessary. Full-scale containment is a comprehensive process that requires the setting up of a work area, a decontamination area, an equipment room, and a cleanroom. Setting up full-scale containment may need an industrial hygienist on-site to direct SERVPRO technicians.
Inadequate containment can make a water emergency in one room a water emergency throughout the home. Contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705.
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