Debris Found in Floodwaters Call for Water Damage Restoration Springfield, MO

Although the Mississippi River and Missouri River run far north and east of Springfield, the city is still surrounded by water. With the James River, creeks, tributaries, and lakes running through or close to the metro area, Springfield is, in many ways, saturated and the risk of natural flooding is very real. At ServiceMaster DSI, we provide emergency large scale water damage restoration in Springfield, MO.

When December’s weather dropped over 12 inches of rain on Greene County, filling the James River at Galena to 32 feet and leaving large areas of Springfield flooded, the reality of major water damage posed a new problem for many business and homeowners.

Along with water damage, floodwaters can leave behind some dangerous debris without full water damage remediation.

Soil debris is the most common type of particle carried with floodwaters as it travels over the ground. Floodwaters deposit this collection of natural sediment when they pass through any sections of an exposed building. Small particles can be vacuumed up when the floodwaters dry out, but heavy debris like grains of sand and rocks are difficult to remove. Particles like clay also carry wet organic matter that can instigate mold growth without full water damage restoration.

Building debris is also pulled along with floodwaters, especially if floods pass through large areas of your home or business before settling. The force of a flood can catch materials in your building like broken glass, fluorescent bulbs, paint chips, cleaning products, sealers and caulk, oil-based chemicals, insulation, and fiberglass. Without proper water damage restoration, floodwaters can leave these dangerous materials in the nooks and crannies of your building.

Biohazardous waste is almost always present in floodwaters, especially when floodwaters pass through farms, farm and factory runoff areas, broken sewage lines, and even roads. Biohazards can include the obvious—human/animal waste and processing plant materials—but it also includes road kill, fertilizer, and most chemicals. Floodwaters are often the hosts to harmful bacteria like E. coli, Shigella, and Giardia.

As the December flooding of 2015 has shown, business and homeowners may one day need large scale water damage restoration in Springfield, MO. For emergency water remediation services, contact our ServiceMaster DSI hotline at 417-868-8111.

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