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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Flood Damage in Oak Ridge Necessitates Elaborate Decontamination

3/25/2024 (Permalink)

Here to Help Poster Contaminated groundwater after an Oak Ridge flooding needs expert help. And SERVPRO is Here To Help®

Crucial Steps That Ease Flood Restoration Exercises

Oak Ridge straddles Roane and Anderson counties, covering 89.95 square miles. It's historically significant as a secret city established to support the Manhattan Project. Sites like the X-10 Graphite Reactor at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Graphite Reactor (300 Building) are a permanent reminder of the city's formative legacy. Away from history, the city is set in a picturesque location and hosts various festivals like Secret City Triathlon, Lavender Festival, and Children's Halloween Party.

When flood damage affects your Oak Ridge property, you might encounter many problems. Contamination from biohazards and chemical agents is one such issue. SERVPRO® helps plan and execute decontamination, ensuring your property regains its preloss conditions. Our expertise and access to specialized equipment help guarantee positive outcomes.

Steps Necessary to Decontaminate a Flooded Property

  • Assessment and planning
  • Containment
  • Cleaning and disinfection

Each flooding incident is unique, thus resulting in different contamination levels. Incidents involving groundwater or sewage backup leave heavy contamination, unlike flooding from rainwater and other clean sources. In addition to the sources, the time it takes to resolve a flooding incident contributes to the overall contamination. SERVPRO crews evaluate the situation to establish the existing damages and find ways to expedite restoration, thus limiting secondary contamination.

Although flooding affects vast areas of a property, the contamination may be restricted to specific areas. For example, a sewage backup would likely affect only areas closest to bathrooms or ground floor areas. However, the contaminants can spread to other areas of the property through foot traffic or air currents introduced to expedite drying. Establishing containment helps prevent such spreading. Our SERVPRO crews set up air-tight barriers, isolation rooms, or closing off openings. Containment also helps distinguish clean rooms, equipment staging, and decontamination areas.

Other Decontamination Procedures

  • Mold remediation
  • Air filtration and ventilation
  • Drying and dehumidification

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties provides unique services to manage any water damage incident "Like it never even happened." Call (865) 986-3015.

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