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How To Assess Flood Damage In Amherst Properties If Asbestos Is Present

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO team is trained to work safely around toxic materials like asbestos.

Flood Damage And Asbestos

When dealing with flood damage restoration, it is not all about repairs. First, the technicians have to determine the extent of the damage so that they can pick the safest, most effective techniques. This is an essential part of the service for all homeowners, but it is particularly important for those with asbestos in their property.

The SERVPRO team is trained to work safely around toxic materials like asbestos. Your health and well-being are a top priority, so when we repair flood damage in Amherst, we always carry out a full inspection before starting repairs. This gives us a chance to identify any potential hazards and come up with an efficient, effective plan to neutralize or avoid them.

Keep reading to find out why our moisture reading devices are safe for use in all properties, even if they contain asbestos.

Testing For Water Migration
At SERVPRO, we use a range of methods to determine the level of water migration after flooding. The most common method is the pinhole test, which is carried out with a small electronic device. This is inserted into structural components (drywall, wood, or attic insulation), where it creates a tiny hole. The device penetrates the material and measures the level of moisture.

Avoiding Toxic Materials
If you know or suspect that the flood damaged material contains asbestos, you should tell the SERVPRO technicians when they arrive onsite. Do not worry because the pinhole test is highly unlikely to disturb toxic substances. The hole created is simply too small to dislodge toxic spores, and the technicians will take special precautions to make certain that this does not happen.

OSHA And EPA Safe
We can be confident of the safety of our flood damage repairs, because we regularly review them, in accordance with industry standards. All moisture reading and flood restoration techniques are designed to keep asbestos levels within the limits set by the EPA and OSHA. In the highly unlikely event of a disturbance, immediate steps will be taken to contain the area and make it safe again.

If you have recently endured flooding in your home, get in touch with the experts at SERVPRO of Merrimack. We can help you make fast, effective repairs, even if your property comes with challenges like asbestos or other toxic materials. Call us 24/7 on (603) 262-9293.

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