When a school or university experiences water, sewer or fire damage, the stakes for a quick and thorough cleanup are particularly high. Not only do these facilities generally cost millions of dollars to build and maintain, but they usually welcome thousands of students into their doors on a daily basis.
Cleaning up after these types of disasters can be an overwhelming task for even the most seasoned maintenance crew. Making sure that crew has the right equipment is essential to keeping these facilities up and running and the students inside safe and healthy.
When it comes to having the right equipment, some schools may ask themselves if renting or buying a hydroxyl generator is the best course of action in their fight against water and fire damage. In this article, we will explain why water damage cleanup can be such a dangerous thing to tackle and why a hydroxyl generator on campus can give your maintenance crew and your students peace of mind.
Why Is Water Damage So Dangerous?
Water damage can come from a variety of issues in a school or college campus. Whether the damage is caused by flooding from severe weather, broken pipes, sewer system backups, or leaky plumbing, cleaning it up quickly and thoroughly is essential.
When water damage affects a school, it can:
1. Damage Property And Materials
Water is a powerful force that can swiftly cause a great deal of physical damage to a school or college facility. It can weaken cement structures, cause wood rot, and damage school grounds and building materials like tiles, plaster, and drywall.
Additionally, schools are also packed with a lot of things that are needed to educate large groups of students. Furniture, library book collections, computers, lab equipment, and vital school records are all at risk of becoming saturated and destroyed by water.
2. Cause Dangerous Health Threats
Cleaning and drying water damage is vital to the health and safety of the students who occupy the building. In as little as 24 hours, dangerous mold can begin to grow due to untreated or poorly treated water damage. With mold growth, serious health risks can arise such as:
- Respiratory infections
- Skin rashes or irritation
- Complications for asthma sufferers
- Eye and throat irritation
3. School Closures
When schools and universities are shut down due to water damage, a lot of consequences follow. Firstly, the education being provided to the students is largely interrupted and they lose valuable instructional time. Secondly, in the case of elementary and some middle and high schools, school closures become a nightmare for working parents trying to find childcare during the shutdown. Lastly, students are cut off from valuable services they receive at school such as resource centers and mental health professionals.
How A Hydroxyl Generator Can Help
No matter how experienced your school or university’s maintenance staff are, they would be powerless to fight the negative effects of water and sewer damage without the proper equipment. Renting or buying a hydroxyl generator to have on hand is one of the best ways your school can ensure the health and safety of the students and facilities all while keeping schools open.
A hydroxyl generator, like those available from the Odorox® Hydroxyl Group, is not only proven to be more than 99.99% effective on pathogens and viruses, but it can also help with the big cleanup after water damage is detected.
While a hydroxyl generator can help remove the musty odors involved with water damage, it can also purify the air to clear it of mold that can make students sick. Using the same UV radiation as the sun, hydroxyl generators work by dismantling the molecular structure of both odors and volatile organic compounds. By doing so, they can make even the most damaged room naturally clean and deodorized so school can resume as quickly as possible.
If you’re interested in adding a hydroxyl generator to your water damage repair toolkit, you can rent or purchase one from the Odorox® Hydroxyl Group. Buying a generator means you have one on hand for those unexpected emergencies or projects that need attention immediately. The option to rent a generator is also available giving you the flexibility to rent several generators at one time for large and swift clean up.
To discuss your school’s options with an expert, contact Odorox® today and find out how we can help your school or university not miss a beat after suffering water damage.