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The Importance of Clean-up and Sanitization after a Grand Rapids Storm

3/8/2023 (Permalink)

The Grand Rapids flag flying in high winds. This area is no stranger to high winds, heavy snowfalls, and water events. When disaster strikes, call the professionals.

Natural disasters like blizzards, high winds, floods, and other extreme weather events can be incredibly destructive, leaving behind a trail of disaster in their wake. After the initial damage has been done, it can be difficult to know where to begin the clean-up process. Clean-up and sanitization after a lake-effect storm are essential to restore your property to its preloss condition.

Why Clean-up and Sanitization Matter

Destruction after one of our winter storms can be overwhelming. But getting your home back in order is more than just removing debris and replacing damaged items; it also requires a thorough process of clean-up and sanitization. This is because the aftermath of harsh weather can leave behind hazardous materials, such as mold and allergens, that may not be visible. Additionally, the water used for flooding can become contaminated with sewage or other pollutants, which can cause a host of health problems if not properly taken care of.

Sanitization is just as important, if not more so, than the clean-up process. Sanitization involves thorough cleaning and disinfecting any surfaces the storm may have contaminated. This can include furniture, carpets, walls, and other surfaces that may have come into contact with contaminated material. Sanitization helps eliminate potential health risks and ensure the safety of those working in and around the area.

Here are a few good reasons why it's important to prioritize clean-up and sanitization after a storm:

Safety: Clean-up and sanitization should be the first step in returning your property to a safe living or working environment. Flood water can contain bacteria, germs, and other pathogens that can put your health at risk. Without proper clean-up, these contaminants will linger in the air and on surfaces, making it difficult to create a safe and healthy living space.

Preservation: Natural disasters can be incredibly destructive, and the longer you wait to begin clean-up, the more damage can be done to your property and belongings. Removing debris, replacing damaged materials, and restoring structures can help protect your property from further damage.

Prevention: Sanitization helps prevent the spread of mold and mildew, which can cause additional damage to your property if left unchecked. Taking steps to sanitize any surfaces that may be contaminated can help prevent further damage and save you time and money in the long run.

Restoration: Clean-up and sanitization can help restore your property to its preloss condition. By addressing the damage quickly, you can prevent further deterioration and reduce the overall cost of restoring your property.

It's essential to be aware of the risks associated with flooding and other natural disasters and to know when clean-up is necessary. If you have been affected by a storm, it's important to contact a professional who can help assess the damage and begin the clean-up process.

Professional Clean-up Services

When it comes to storm clean-up, it is best to leave the job to professionals. SERVPRO teams are equipped with the necessary tools and experience to quickly and safely restore order after a storm. They can provide the assistance needed to ensure your property is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized and that any potential health risks are eliminated.

At SERVPRO of South and Northwest Grand Rapids, we are here to help. We specialize in storm damage restoration and have the experience and expertise to help you get your property back in order. We provide 24-hour emergency services to ensure the restoration of your property to its preloss condition.

If you have been affected by a storm, don't wait — contact SERVPRO of South and Northwest Grand Rapids at (616) 662-9700 with any questions, we're here to help! We have the experience and resources to help you get your property back in order quickly and safely. So don't wait, and contact us today!

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