A musty odor signals the presence of excessive moisture. When cleaning up after a flood it's important to eliminate all moisture sources from the affected area. If this is not accomplished odor problems can and probably will occur. If not properly performed water damage restoration can give off annoying and unhealthy odors.
Not only are we concerned about the structure, carpeting/flooring wall ceilings etc..., but also personal items that were affected by the flood. First of all, flood water must be removed before a final deodorization/sanitizing is practical although when we first arrive we usually do an initial deodorization/anti-microbial application. This includes removing wet items from the affected area. Salvageable items sometimes can be dried at the site of the water damaged area or they might need to be brought to another location for cleaning, drying and restoration.
Non-salvageable wet items should be taken away to another location, possibly saved for an insurance company inspection or documentation or storage. In any case odor problems are caused by moisture buildup on or in materials that have not been properly dried or replaced. Mildew begins by a pungent odor of dampness follow by a slight rotting smell. If the situation that started the growth of mildew is not taken care of properly then the mildew buildup will continue to occur.
This is what we do. It's our job at DAB Restoration and Cleaning to try and minimize the burdens you have . You deal with your family, business and other aspects of life while we mitigate your loss. Keeping you informed every step of the way. After the job begins you have 24 hour access to our technician for any concerns you may have!
Odor Removal during and after a Flood
ON SITE RESPONSE WITHIN 30-60 MINUTES
DAB Restoration and Cleaning, W916 Washington Ave, Burlington WI 53105 (262)248-8000
- Many times less intrusive wall & ceiling drying procedures can be implemented, this means less repairs after drying.
- Infrared Thermal Imaging Equipment locates traces of moisture that is many times missed by traditional moisture monitoring equipment.
- Complete Analysis of affected structural area's for moisture that could provide an area for future mold growth.
Drying the Structure of a Home
When working within a residence or commercial environment, it is often the case that those who are performing the water damage restoration must work with and around the contents of the home or business. This includes, but is not limited to, furniture, electronics, books, and any other materials that may have been affected by the water damage. The moving around of the contents is often referred to as “contents manipulation.” Things have changed in what we are concerned about when extracting unwanted water from a building. Mold, mildew, toxins etc... are considered as something we must be cautious about and are to be considered a real threat to our health. That's why we at DAB Restoration and Cleaning are involved in continual training/certification programs and always update our equipment to the industry standards.
When performing our duties we must make sure the building is dry, the whole building. Airflow, dehimidification, constant monitoring, etc... are used to control the environment for rapid drying times. Many times our trained technicians must access a closed-in area to introduce dry air to evaporate the moisture. Most times we do this in a minimally intrusive way to minimize repairs after the dry out period is complete .
How do we find the water? Many tools are used . Infrared imagining, moisture monitoring devices that detect water in walls, ceilings etc that you cannot see or feel. This allows us to see what's happening inside where water may intrude so we can assess the situation upon our initial arrival and monitor our on going efforts of the drying process.
It is important to be proactive in the monitoring process.
After the water has been extracted and any non-salvageable materials have been removed, our technicians place drying equipment according to industry guidelines for capacity in the affected areas. Industry standards state that a certified technician should return to the residence at regular time intervals, preferably every twenty-four hours, to monitor the equipment, temperature, humidity, and moisture content of the affected walls, contents, or other affected materials. Should one area be dry and another affected area still wet, tech will relocate or remove equipment accordingly.
Responsible, Experienced, and Dependable Water Damage Restoration Company, Serving the Wisconsin Counties of Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, Waukesha, and the Illinois Counties of Lake, McHenry, and Cook.
Thermal Imaging Camera Shows the presence of Moisture. Purple Area is Water.