Water damage and Sewage clean-up: Did you know?

Water Damage:       

Unless you are exposed to the property loss industry, most property owners do not know that approximately half of all property insurance claims are water related.

A water loss could have occurred from a flooding, storm damage, a pipe break or an appliance issue to name a few.  We encourage an immediate response with any water loss. If not properly responded to, water damage can cause major interruption to your operations. The result can be costly repairs and replacement costs as well as the liability for not mitigating the damage immediately.

Drying & Dehumidification:        

Psychometrics is the key word to a successful drying process. 

Structural drying is a science that weighs many variables to achieve the proper outcome. It is important to have a thorough understanding of hidden moisture and hidden water damage and how to not only recognize it but mitigate and document the recovery process to eliminate any environmental concerns. As your emergency preparedness partner, we’ve got you covered!

Sewage Damage and Clean-up:   

Sewage damage is an extremely dangerous form of bio-hazard clean-up and is considered a Cat 3 loss which is the worst type of water loss.  The possibility of blood-borne pathogens and other contaminants is high. In the event of a sewage back-up, it is best to leave/evacuate the space. Some of the items Service1st would assess would be if there are any hazards environmentally or electrically.  Also, it is important to assess what materials are contaminated from the sewage: carpet/pad, what the flooring type is and underlayment, and if the sewage has affected the drywall or wall surfaces and the contents that may have been affected.  With this level of contamination, typically these items would need disposed of, cautiously to avoid any cross-contamination in your property. Anyone entering the contaminated area must wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Once the source of damage has been identified and repaired, the clean-up should begin starting with setting up containment barriers and proceeding with pumping out the water and sewage and necessary clean-up, sanitation and possibly selective demo and repairs.  Other systems may need inspected for damage including your HVAC system.  A final stage of the Clean-up service may include fogging with a microbial to treat any airborne bacteria.  Some potential causes of a sewer back up would be a blockage of a main or pipe, an aging sewer system that hasn’t been repaired, tree roots that have entered into the pipes.

Training and property knowledge:

Service1st is focused on taking a proactive approach to a safe working environment.

The Service1st team is inclusive of Restoration technicians, Carpenters and Cleaners with credentials in: Water damage restoration, Commercial Structural Drying, Mold Remediation, Smoke & Odor Removal, Fire Restoration, Bio-hazard/Crime scene cleaning and Sewage clean-up,   We train on the following: Osha compliance, Lead abatement, Bloodborne pathogens, and numerous Carpentry trades.  The team continues training through the highest procedures recognized in the cleaning and restoration industry.