Flooding resulting from heavy rains often causes serious water damage in Kansas City, MO. If your home is inundated by such flooding, it will become important for you to get in touch with a professional restoration company. Our aim here will be to go through some of the risks associated with lead dust and asbestos, as well as to check the steps restoration firms take to handle and safely dispose of such material.
Water Damage and the Role of Restoration Firms
According to AFHH, if your home was constructed before 1978, it’s possible that the paint used in the home contains lead. Lead is considered very dangerous for young children especially, but it’s equally harmful for people of all ages.
Water damage can cause paint to flake and peel, and when this happens, small particles of lead will be released into your home. In such a situation, the professional restoration firm will take the necessary precautions for preventing exposure and ensure that all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned.
Restoration Tasks and Things to Avoid
Experienced restorers will make sure that power and dry sanding is never done without using a vacuum attachment. They will also make sure that old paint is not burned off.
Similarly, professional restoration companies have the required knowledge and expertise to avoid the use of heat guns, even if the temperature is kept under the federal limit of 1100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Furthermore, restorers avoid using chemical strippers if the room they are working in is poorly vented. Chemical strippers that contain methylene chloride are always avoided.
Asbestos is a natural mineral fiber that is utilized in building insulations (especially in homes built before 1981) such as siding, piping, ceiling, or wall insulation. It is also used in floor and ceiling tiles and in spray-on textured ceilings.
If disturbed or broken, materials containing asbestos can generate airborne fibers, which if inhaled, may result in serious diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.
Precautions to Take While Handling Asbestos
Clearing and hauling construction waste that contains asbestos can be quite dangerous if adequate protective equipment is not used.
This is where hiring a professional restoration company becomes more important since they have the necessary protective equipment for such a task (full face respirators with HEPA filter cartridges and protective body suits). They also have disposable facemasks (such as the N100) that provide the required protection.
Experienced restorers will also make sure that anything containing asbestos is kept wet so that tiny particles do not become airborne.
Plastic sheets are used for collecting the debris and asbestos pieces that are then properly disposed of in labeled plastic bags.
If your home has been affected by water damage in Kansas City, MO, you should contact us at ServiceMaster DSI. Our restoration professionals have the required experience and expertise to properly handle hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead dust as well as to take care of all other restoration tasks.
All you have to do is give us a call on our helpline number (816-763-6677) and our restoration crew will immediately reach your home to evaluate the damage and initiate restoration work.