Torrential Flooding in the UK – How Commercial Cleaning Companies can help flood damage victims
Flooding is an all too common occurrence in Britain when we suffer from torrential rainstorms. It seems that every few months there is a tragic news report about people losing their homes, land and businesses to flash floods in certain areas of the country. There are anti-flood measures in place across Britain, but these are often not enough, and people face unprecedented damage to their homes, which can often be extremely costly, and in some cases can even be irreparable.
What effects can a flood have?
Flood damage will always severely impact upon the life of all those affected by it, no matter in what capacity, but often people do not consider the unseen effects of flooding. The immediate water damage, such as soaked through flooring and furniture, ruined wallpaper, or damaged electrical goods, is always the initial cause for distress and rightly so, but it is also important to take in to account other affects the water can have. Stagnant water is a breeding ground for bacteria and other micro organisms, so it is crucial to ensure that no mould finds its way into parts of the property and causes further damage or health risks down the line.
What does the restoration process involve?
Having your home or business damaged by flood is always distressing and it is only natural to want to get everything back to normal as quickly as possible, which may encourage you to take care of some of the clean-up and damage control yourself. However, flood restoration should always be left to professional contractors who are experienced in dealing with all aspects of flood restoration. Professional restoration firms will be able to employ swift methods of water removal, as well as clearing and properly disposing of any damaged possessions, sanitising and deodorising the property and some firms will also provide reconstruction and redecorating facilities, taking the strain and stress away from you.
There are a number of methods that each restoration company will use, including a variety of equipment and different products. An increasingly popular method is soda blasting. This involves using compressed air to fire sodium bicarbonate at a surface at a high pressure; the bicarbonate particles then fracture upon impact and slough away any material on the surface without causing any damage to the original material underneath. This process is useful when clearing surfaces of dirt, ash, or soot after a flood. APT-ICC Commercial Cleaning has years of experience restoring properties that have suffered considerable flood damage. We readily employ the use of environmentally friendly soda blasting techniques and our own specially developed commercial cleaning products to ensure your property is back to its original condition as soon as possible. We can carry out all clearance and clean-up work, as well as redecorating, refitting and reconstruction of properties. We can even deal directly with your insurance to make the process as stress-free as possible. Our team is on hand 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year for a rapid response to flood damage.