Flooded House Clean-up in St. Louis

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BASEMENT AND HOUSE FLOODS

There are several reasons why homes and basements can flood. It could be after days of torrential rain, leaking or burst water pipes, a broken dishwasher or washing machine hose, overflowing toilet, or even a forgotten bathtub that runs over. Depending on the severity of the cause, the extent of the results can range from minor wipe-ups to extensive water damage.

St. Louis is known to have weather where it rains for days on end. This can result in not only leaks, but actual flooding in the basement and home. When the ground surrounding your home is saturated, there is no place for the water to go but inside.

Water damage is a problem that most property owners dread. When it rains heavily or snow melts quickly, the risk of this type of damage increases. Water can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to carpet and flooring, furniture, upholstery, electronics, household appliances, and plumbing equipment.

When water infiltrates a wall structure, it will degrade many building materials, some worse than others. Water build-up on wall insulation may also reduce the quality of the insulation.

Water damage also increases the risk of mold growth, which can compound the remediation effort. Mold growth in buildings (in contrast to mold contamination from the outside) always occurs because of unaddressed moisture problems.

Hiring a water damage restoration company like St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration can make the cleanup process easier to handle. We employ experienced workers who know the best ways to repair or replace damaged items and help with water damage cleanup.

Health Hazards Caused by Water Damage


Water damage has three category levels depending on how polluted the water source was that caused the damage.

    • Category 1: Water from a clean water source, like a fresh water line for a dishwasher. This water will not cause illness or any ill effects.
      • Category 2: Water that may cause illness through contact. It may have bacteria in it.
        • Category 3: Water that is highly contaminated. Contact can cause severe illness or death. This can be caused by sewage backup, an overflowing toilet, or storm waters.

        It’s important to note that just because the water starts as a Category 1 doesn’t mean it stays that way. If the clean water is combined with a dirty carpet or soil from the ground, it can change to a Category to 2 or Category 3. And since standing water breeds bacteria, the longer the water is around, the worse the contamination of your property.

        If you have water standing or leaking inside your home, it is important to contact St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration as soon as possible. Moisture promotes the growth of mold and other organisms, increasing the risk for serious health problems. Mold exposure may aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms, especially in children and people with compromised immune systems. Exposure may also increase the risk for respiratory diseases and other medical problems. Cleaning up immediately can help mitigate the health effects of water damage on everyone in a home or commercial space.

        Contact Us Immediately if You Have Flooding in Your St. Louis Home!

        When your property has been water damaged, you don’t have the luxury of waiting around for a convenient time to start the cleanup. Secondary damage from mold growth can present serious health risks associated with mold in the living environment.

        There is a 24 to 48 hour window from the time something inside gets wet until mold can begin to grow. After that time, mold will multiply rapidly.

        It’s also a good idea to contact your insurance company right away if there is water damage. Your insurance agent can start the claims process immediately, as well as guide you through the first steps you will need to take to protect your property from more damage, like stopping the source of the water at the main water turnoff.

        St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration has decades of experience cleaning homes devastated by excess water and floods. We offer 24 hour emergency service to address these critical time-dependent damages. St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration will work with your insurance company on any cleanup activities needed.

        Howard Berner

        “Thank you for your prompt, professional, effective, and courteous service drying out my flooded basement, shampooing the rug, and replacing the carpet pad. You folks are great. Thanks again!”

        Abby Hahn

        “We had a water filter burst and flood our kitchen which also went down to our basement. St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration was on the scene immediately while their competitors told me they could not make it that day. The service was professional and personalized. a year later we had water come in our basement from a storm and again St Louis Cleaning and Restoration was there within an hour removing water, setting up drying equipment and making sure all was dry. I would highly recommend them.”

        Raymondy Erdey

        “St Louis Cleaning and Restoration was fast and friendly. They kept me informed throughout the cleanup process for my flooded basement.”