Water Damage In A Medical Hospital

Medical Hospital Water Extraction Services

Water Damage Hospital

Finding the right water damage remediation expert for hospitals and medical facilities is a difficult challenge. Water damage could result in widespread illness and contamination, as well as a devastating force to the infrastructure of the building, if not handled correctly. HEPA filter vacuums and equipment must be utilized along with Humidistat, HVAC system filters, Personal Protective Equipment and moisture meters should be utilized when remediation occurs in a hospital.

Water damage is debilitating no matter where it occurs. However, when severe water damage occurs in a hospital or other medical facility, many other risk factors come into play. Below are some tips to hospitals and medical staff on how to choose the right water restoration provider.

  1. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), water damages must be properly handled within 24-48 hours. This will avoid mold growth in the hospital. Once mold growth occurs, remediation for both types of damage is required. Employing the service of a reliable remediation company with resources to respond to immediate emergencies is the key to avoiding any health risks that can occur because of water damage.
  2. Containment is key. To prevent cross contamination, negative air pressure must be implemented into the remediation methods. Ensure the service provider you choose is equipped to handle this type of safeguard. Water damage service providers should be privy to all contacts within the hospital or facility. While the maintenance facilities department may have initiated contact, heads of departments and Infectious Control must also be constantly updated on the status of repair.
  3. The severity of mold illness is hotly debated. However, it has been discovered by physicians that patients with immune deficiencies can actually grow mold in their lungs, allowing neglected damages to become fatal.
  4. Water Damage specialists are usually certified to work in commercial properties. It must be dually noted that specialists should also carry a certification to work in a medical facility. A reputable company like SI Restoration will be able to provide you with proof of certification upon request.
  5. Be mindful that some states adhere to OSHA-approved State Plans in regards to how water damage in a hospital must be handled. Consult with the head of your department and your restoration provider to ensure all standards are being met.

Hospitals shouldn’t hire any certified firm to complete a water restoration project. The company should hire someone who has experience with hospital guidelines and procedures as the process is different and more stringent than a residential or other commercial project. There should be a containment for decontamination after the normal containment for example, something not necessary in a typical restoration project.

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