|Rainwater Flooded Basement|
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
IAQTV on You Tube has produced a number of basic videos discussing various indoor air quality (IAQ) topics. The most recent one discusses the problems with flood water and the need to dry areas quickly to prevent IAQ problems. http://youtu.be/3Q1tnHFkPF0
A few things not discussed is to make sure the drying company you choose to help you with flood cleanup has experience and is qualified. The American Council for Accredited Certifications (ACAC) has two certifications in structural drying. The Council-certified Structural Drying Remediator (CSDR) and the Council-certified Structural Drying Supervisor (CSDS) these individuals perform water damage restoration services. For example, a CSDR or CSDS can safely mitigate water losses resulting from floods, fires, hurricanes and other disasters as well as broken pipes and water mains. These professionals have verified knowledge of the principles, techniques, equipment and regulations relevant to structural drying as described in widely published industry texts and accredited standards. Visit the ACAC's website to find companies that hire CSDRs or CSDSs.
In addition, the term usually used for flood waters is black water. Black water is typically defined as containing or potentially containing harmful contaminants. It would include floodwaters containing soil and any sewage water. All raw sewage is contaminated with microbes, including bacteria, protozoa, mold, fungi, and viruses. Many are pathogenic to humans. So heed the warnings in the video and get some professional help if you find yourself in this unfortunate position.