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How To Get Rid of Bad Odors After a Flood

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding causes water damage in a Cross Creek, PA home

Tips on How to Get Rid of Bad Odors After a Flood

Having excess water in your home in Cross Creek, PA, is never a pleasant experience. In addition to the damage the water alone can do, it can also lead to many problems such as contamination or mold growth that leave behind a terrible smell. Here are some tips on getting rid of the odors and their underlying causes.

Contaminated Water

The foul stench in your home after a heavy storm may be a sign of sewage. There are several ways that sewage can get into your home during a flood:

  • Toilet overflow
  • Sewer backup into shower or bath
  • Sewage in groundwater soaking into foundation

If you think you smell sewer water in your home, don't try to clean it up yourself. Sewer cleanup professionals have the protective gear and the proper equipment to deal with your sewage loss effectively. They can remove contaminated items and materials, disinfect the affected area and replace any ruined materials. An ozone machine or industrial purifier can then be used to freshen the air in your home.

Mold Problems

Unless technicians dry and clean the flooded areas of your home quickly, the musty odor you smell is probably mold. Mold growth can occur within as little as 24 hours after your home has flooded. Mold doesn't just stay on the surface where it lands, so wiping it away doesn't solve the problem. If you want to get rid of fungus, you will need professional mediation. After technicians have gotten rid of the secondary damage from the flood water, they can then address the smell. Air purifiers with a HEPA filter and an activated charcoal prefilter are particularly adept at trapping spores, thus improving air quality and smell.

Flooding not only causes damage but can also leave behind bad odors. Professional remediation can take care of the whole problem, leaving your home clean and ridding the air of any foul smells.

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