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If you live in Tampa, St. Petersburg, or Clearwater, FL, you need to know what could happen if flooding occurs. This is important whether you’re in a flood zone or not. Fast action is the key to surviving water damage. Here’s why:

Mold Growth

Mold spores are always in the air; when they encounter wet drywall or damp carpeting, they quickly set up shop. You have 24-48 hours to dry out your home; after that, mold could grow. Once it digs in, it’s tough to get rid of. Proper moisture removal can only be accomplished by experienced water mitigation professionals.

Microbial Contamination

Contaminated floodwater is also a danger. Even clean water can quickly go bad when it encounters bacteria. In a worst-case scenario, it can be polluted with life-threatening microbes. Standing water also breeds bacteria, and the longer it stands, the more polluted it becomes. Everything that touches contaminated water must be disinfected or discarded.

Property Damage

Drying out your property is essential for other reasons. Even small amounts of water can damage carpeting, drywall, metal objects, plywood, furnishings and wood floors.

Electrocution and Explosion

Flooding can lead to electrocution or explosion. Steer clear of flooded areas until your utility companies turn off the gas and electricity.

Flooding Should Only Be Handled By Experienced Professionals

Professional water mitigation specialists are on call 24/7. They have commercial extractors to remove water and high-speed air movers, dehumidifiers, and heat injectors to dry out your home. They use powerful fungicides and bactericides to neutralize viruses, mold, staph and bacteria, and they will inspect your ductwork and clean it if necessary.

Storm surges are a major problem for homeowners in the Tampa, FL area. If you’re unsure of whether your home is located in a flood zone, take a moment to reference this map:

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To learn more about protecting your Tampa, St. Petersburg, or Clearwater, FL, home from flood damage or to inquire about ductwork inspection, visit ServiceMaster 24 Hour or call 813-603-2001.