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SERVPRO Suggests to Stockton DIY'ers To Don PPE Personal Protective Equipment for Storm Damage Cleanup

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Aerial view of downtown Stockton Plenty of Buildings in Stockton Are Rescued from Flood and Storm Damage--Thank You SERVPRO

Protect Yourself from Flood Damage when Restoring your Stockton Home

Floodwaters that enter your home carry with them many potential hazards. There is a high risk of water contamination that could bring in human pathogens, animal carcass, or raw sewage. There are also physical barriers as well as debris that could present a tripping hazard. However, the longer floodwaters are present in a home environment, the higher the likelihood of permanent damages. Fabrics, carpets, upholstery, and floorboards can all suffer from long-term exposure to moisture. Rising humidity levels can also contribute to condensation inside wall cavities or weakening of the overall structure.


If you plan to tackle flood damage in your Stockton home, it is essential to prepare. All SERVPRO professional restorers carry personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Failure to adhere to safety guidelines could result in personal harm or injury. If you do decide to enter a flooded property, you should wear chemical resistant gloves. Your hands can become contaminated with micro-organisms as well as absorb chemical substances. This can become a severe issue by spreading contaminants to the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Demolition may be a requirement in restoring your home. Removing porous drywall or fittings, as well as physical barriers to drying, are necessary. Since there may be sharp edges, splinters, or nails, heavy-duty gloves can protect you against injury from the removal of non-salvageable materials. You need to also protect your eyes and lungs from airborne dust releasing during demolition. Sewer gases can also be harmful to your health. Splash goggles or safety glasses and respirators should be worn at all times inside a flooded property.

Depending on the severity of structural damage in your home, you may also need a hard hat to protect yourself from falling debris, rubber boots, and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) to protect electric equipment. Self-restoring a property is no mean feat, and a minimum requirement is the correct PPE. SERVPRO is a locally operated company that can carry out the restoration of your property and provide the best chance of restoration to a preloss condition.

You can reach us anytime in an emergency for professional assistance. Contact SERVPRO of Stockton at (209) 477-3090.