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Sal DePrisco has served as a Disaster Recovery Consultant for Adjusters International. He designed and managed a highly successful “Salt Water Inundation, Latent Damage, Inspection, Benchmarking & Advisory Services Program” for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York. He is presently the Vice President of Sensible Technical Solutions.
Salt water flooding, whether from a minor occurrence or a major disaster, can have significant, long-term effects on virtually everything the flood waters reach. The duration of the flooding has little relevance on the extent of the far-reaching damage to be expected.
Because draining, drying and disinfecting will not themselves prevent the insidious damage from the corrosive effects of salt residue left behind, it is imperative that a highly detailed inspection be performed of all affected assets. Many systems and components —which might be ignored with fresh water flooding — need to be inspected and remediated to reduce salt ions down to acceptable levels. If not addressed, serious damage that might be avoidable can result.
More importantly, critical safety systems involving fire suppression, process control or electrical grounding/bonding, may be found compromised at the least opportune time.
Following any salt water inundation, it is essential to conduct a vigilant, specific and detailed inspection and benchmarking program for all affected areas — resulting in a targeted, well- documented salt remediation program.