In the emotional days following a disaster, returning life to normal can seem impossible. However, with the right contractors, cleaning up an emergency is like any other task—possible if done one step at a time. Today we’re looking at the practicalities of hiring a high pressure cleaning professional, such as High Pressure Cleaning Gold Coast, for post-natural-disaster cleanup.
How can pressure washing services help clean up after an emergency?
- Mold Remediation. High winds send water and dirt deep into the surface of buildings and surrounding hardscaping, including sidewalks, driveways, and exterior walls. High Pressure Cleaning shortly after a disaster can help prevent widespread mold growth in subsequent weeks. Floods also tend to spur mold and mildew growth; proper pressure cleaning can get rid of mold that is brought to the surface by floods.
- Bio-Hazard Cleanup. A landslide can tare through sewage tanks, heaters, and everything else in its path. The “witches brew” concocted by a cyclone, landslide, or hurricane can contain dangerous substances, such as sewage, flammable liquids, and heavy metals.
- Soot and burn removal. Fire can leave scars on whole communities. Even homes that aren’t directly hit can suffer discoloration and burn marks. High pressure cleaning companies can help clean up the ash and smoke stains left behind by fires.
- Cleaning emergency vehicles. Fire trucks and other emergency vehicles tend to become caked in grime when cleaning up after disasters. Pressure washing is a quick way to rinse them off so that mechanics can efficiently assess whether repairs are needed.
How can officials and business owners hire high pressure cleaners for emergency cleanup?
After a disaster, your first step is to call your insurance agent(s) and get the ball rolling early on repairs. Sometimes, insurance companies hire high pressure cleaning outfits to quickly rinse off damaged properties for claim inspection. The insurance agent will communicate your next steps, which will likely include vetting power washing firms.
It’s important to ask about each high pressure cleaning firm’s liability protection. If your pressure cleaning contractor isn’t property insured, your company could be liable for property damage or safety incidents.
Shifting to the perspective of the pressure washing guru, let’s consider whether it makes good financial sense for power washing companies to disaster-related projects.
Should Power Washing Companies enter the emergency cleanup business?
Catering pressure washing services to emergency cleanup is a weighty decision, and not one that should be taken flippantly. Yes, there is big money in cleaning up a flood, earthquake, or other natural disaster. Cleanup after 2005 and 2006 hurricanes in the southern US totaled $58.8 billion, for instance. Yet emergency cleanup brings its own unique challenges that every pressure washing company owner must consider. If you’re thinking about entering the disaster cleanup space, we suggest reflecting on the following:
- Take only cash on hand—or be prepared to wait months on end while insurance claims are processed.
- Consider how cleaning up after a disaster will impact you and your crew. The emotional aftershocks of a natural disaster are not to be taken lightly.
- Working on natural disaster cleanup may mean spending time away from your regular customers. If you see this new niche as an opportunity to grow your business, you may need to gather funds for splitting your workers between typical jobs and post-disaster cleanup.
Cleaning up natural disaster zones is meaningful, worthwhile work, if your company and employees are prepared for it.
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