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Floods and Sewer Backups

Floods and Sewer Backups, aside from being a health hazard, often leave a large amount of odor causing material behind. These odor causing agents soak into walls and drywall, wood, and even concrete. Since the odor causing agents almost always contain human or animal waste products, OdorXit Products are uniquely suited to eliminate the odors. The difficulty in dealing with these problems compared to simple basement mold and mildew, is that the contamination is everywhere the water was, and the amount of contamination left behind can be massive.

The first step is to remove as much of the contamination (sludge) as possible by what ever means is available as soon as possible to prevent it from drying on surfaces. Electric or gas driven pumps will remove the gross amount of water, or just wait for the water to go back down the drain, but this will not remove the sludge without intervention. Intervention includes hosing down the entire area while the area is draining and wet. If at all possible, do not let the sludge dry. Once sludge dries, it is like cement and very hard to remove. Additionally, the sludge contains massive amounts of odor causing material and bacteria. And though OdorXit will eliminate these odors, it is much more effective and cheaper to wash as much away as possible before applying OdorXit.

If there is wet drywall, paneling, boxes of stuff, etc. they need to be removed. Don't throw the stuff away just because it is wet, many times it can be recovered.

If you are tempted to us a high pressure washer, be aware that you can drive the sludge and other odor causing materials deeply into the concrete with a pressure washer! This is done by spraying the water directly at the concrete or at an angle between 45 and 90 degrees with the surface of the material being cleaned. Don't get me wrong, the concrete will look clean but the odor will be very difficult to remove because the contamination is now driven into the concrete. The proper angle to clean the concrete without driving the contaminate into the concrete is any angle below 45 degrees with the nozzle at least 6 inches back from the concrete. Yes...it takes longer, but the results are much better.

Weather you use a high pressure washer or just a hose, using tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) not the substitutes to dissolve and break up the residue makes it much easier to was away.

Second, if you haven't already used TSP to aid in the cleaning process scrub the affected area with low suds detergent. Rinse and sweep or squeegee the area dry.

Third, spray the entire effected area with a low concentration batch of OdorXit. Two ounces of OdorXit per gallon of water should be sufficient for the first application. Don't forget the inside of the furnace, the bottom of the steps and shelves ...everywhere!

After the affected area has dried and aired out for several hours, check the area for odors and treat any persistent areas with the normal consternation of OdorXit (4 ounces of OdorXit in 1 gallon of water).

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If the water has been standing for an extended period of time the chances of there being high levels of mold and bacteria are almost guaranteed. So to protect your self, buy and use a high quality cartridge type respirator. A dust mask is not up to the task! Even before the water has been removed you may want to use one or more OdorXit ClO2 packets to kill any mold that is in the area.

If you used the Extended Release version of the ClO2 product which product chlorine dioxide for 20 to 30 days, and they have been in use for less than 10 or so days, no additional ClO2 is normally necessary. If the cleanup doesn't start until after 20 day of the ClO2 being in service, you will want to replace them with fresh packets after the first stages of the cleanup has been completed to oxidize/control additional mold or fungus that has grown in the mean time.

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