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What are Phenolics and How are They Used for Flood Damage Restoration in Sevierville?

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded road; high water sign, road closed sign Did you know floodwaters contain harmful bacteria? We have the protective gear and equipment to safely restore you home.

Flood Damage Restoration in Sevierville Often Requires the Use Of Phenolics

After a brutal rainstorm in Sevierville, you could find your roof leaking or water entering your home from one of your lower door seals. During both of these situations, the moisture coming into your house can cause extensive flood damage. Any time H2O from the outside enters your structure; there is always a chance that it could be contaminated.

As a part of flood damage restoration in Sevierville, our SERVPRO technicians take measures to prevent harmful bacteria, parasites, and fungi from entering your home and contaminating your contents and building materials. When materials in your structure get wet, the water could have brought in harmful microorganisms or fungal spores with it. Mold spores naturally exist in the outdoors, but when they get inside your house, they can start to grow and form structures called hyphae.

Whenever dealing with moisture-related issues caused by floodwater coming in from the outside, our SERVPRO team uses specialized products to disinfect potentially contaminated items. Among the many types of disinfectants available, only some can kill a broad spectrum of bacteria and viruses that could enter after a rainstorm. Chemicals that use phenolics as their main ingredient can be useful to eliminate several different kinds of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

In the past, phenol disinfectants, derived from cool tar, gave off an unpleasant aroma. Nowadays, phenolics are made synthetically with improved odor-counteracting properties. Phenolics best function at a pH level between six and seven. Phenolics are not compatible with nonionic or cationic detergents; they need mixing with anionic detergents or soap.

A well-formulated phenolic compound can work well when fighting against mold and the spores it generates. A chemical product our SERVPRO team commonly uses to prevent mold from forming when moisture comes into your structure from the outside is Sporicidin. This product can be applied to the affected surfaces in your house by using a pump sprayer.

If you ever notice that your building materials and contents got wet after a thunderstorm, call SERVPRO of Sevier, Jefferson, and Cocke Counties at (865) 429-8885 24/7. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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