After a major flood, several books and historical records were affected in the library building in Goffstown, NH. The library staff were devastated, as they not only faced damage to their building and records, but also faced cleaning up flood damage.
Floods are very dangerous. Not only do floods cause damage and disruption, they can lead to injuries and illnesses. For example, floods can disguise dangerous obstacles or become a breeding ground for infectious bacteria. The dampness can also cause mold to develop.
In the case of the library, important documents and years of history were ruined by flooding. Frantic, the library staff took it upon themselves to follow these recommended steps to save their materials before cleaning up flood damage:
There’s never a perfect way to restore items from a flood and sadly some items may be permanently damaged or lost. Once a disaster happens, you need to be quick to restore objects. The best way to avoid flood damage is to prevent it altogether.
Some of the ways one can have a proper prevention plan for floods include:
Anything one can do to limit flood damage goes a long way in saving a home or business.
When the library staff in Goffstown, NH realized they could not clean everything themselves, they called a professional flood damage cleaning company. If the flood damage is severe, it is best to contact professionals rather than do it yourself. Don’t wait. Because the library staff had waited to call a professional company, some of the objects in the library were unable to be restored.
Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services, LLC is a disaster relief company that specializes in cleaning up flood damage, as well as cleaning up several other disasters like mold and fire damage. Soil-Away has IICRC-trained technicians who care for your property and provide 24-hour emergency services. The library staff were relieved when the technicians came and restored their library, as well as saved many of the books and documents that were so essential to the town’s history. If you need help cleaning up flood damage, or any other disaster relief in your home or business, don’t hesitate to call Soil-Away at (603) 641-6555.
NOTE: This case study is based on a true story, but the town has been changed.
By A. Phelps