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What Is That Foul Odor???

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding in Houston, TX specifically the Bear Creek area, can quickly find its way inside of your commercial property or home. Rising water often leaves behind sediment, mud, belongings and contents affected by the water and water to the structure of your home or business. However, one remnant you might not have expected is the foul odor that mold growth and other factors can cause once the water has subsided. Fighting this odor can be a challenge, but knowing what causes it may help you take effective steps to eliminate it. 

  1. Sewage Runoff - Severe flooding can cause a sewage loss in your neighborhood, sending sewer contents into flood water. Not only does this create contaminated water that poses a health hazard, but it can leave behind a pungent odor in your home or business even after the waters recede. Since ordinary household cleansers may not be strong enough to eliminate this smell, it is a good idea to call in a storm cleanup and deodorizing company to have your home treated. 
  2. Mold  - After a flood, moisture and humidity levels can create ideal conditions for mold growth. There are several different species of mold that may take hold in your home, but one factor they all have in common is the musty, dirty smell the mycotoxins release. As mold spreads, this smell may become stronger and seep into your home’s walls, where it can be difficult to eliminate. If you encounter mold during a flood cleanup, let our storm cleanup technicians know so they can clean, deodorize and apply antimicrobial to the area to remove unpleasant odors and prevent more microbial growth. 
  3. Chemicals - As flood waters move through an area, they may pick up chemicals from outlying industrial areas, flooded garages and sewers. Your walls and flooring can absorb these chemicals during the flood and retain strange or foul odors for weeks afterward. Professional restoration and deodorization can be your best defense in removing these smells and ensuring they do not return.  Mold growth and sewer smells can cause foul odors in your Houston, TX, home or business after a flood. Knowing their source can help you choose the best course of action when it comes to clearing the air and getting you back to normal.

For questions or additional information please contact SERVPRO of Bear Creek at (281) 463-9800.

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