How To Avoid Mold After A Flood Or Leak

Not even hurricanes, blizzards or tornados have impacted the United States more so than flooding. After the water recedes, major issues surface for home and building owners. Mold spores grow that can have an overwhelming impact on one’s lifestyle and health. Once the traumatic issue of the flood subsides, the cleanup and prevention of mold and mildew is a formidable task. Enacting proper procedures can limit, remove and prevent mold and mildew proliferation.

Taking quick action after receded floodwaters is vital to one’s health and well-being. While outdoor mold is a common occurrence, indoor mold is a dangerous condition. Indoor mold results from extreme moisture build-up. What may seem like a bothersome stain or growth left unattended can cause health issues. Individuals exposed to damp and mildewed areas can suffer from coughing and respiratory issues. Research conducted by the renowned Institute of Medicine suggests there’s evidence associating interior mold and mildew with breathing issues in healthy children.

Removing mold-infested furniture, clothing and interior wallboards and molding must occur immediately after a flood. Remove damaged items in the home within two days after the flood.

Dry out the interior with fans, dehumidifiers, and open windows. It’s essential to disinfect the visible and non-visible areas with a strong detergent, disinfectant, and water. Some mold and mildew are severe enough to require a germ fogger.

A germ fogger provides mold and mildew disinfecting in an aerosol propellant delivery. It reaches areas that normal hand scrubbing and wiping miss. It’s effective in eliminating mold spores, micro-organisms, and germs. The germ fogger is cost-effective, reduces labor needed and is easy to use.

Steam cleaning wood floors and carpets carpet is necessary for a mold-free and healthy living environment. While both carpet and padding are wet, it is cost-effective to just replace the padding and sanitize the carpet with a thorough steam cleaning and shampooing. Shampooing is cheaper than replacing carpet throughout the home or office building.

It may seem like a task you can handle, but think of the consequences you face. You can jeopardize your family’s health if the home is not dry and mold and mildew will spread throughout. A musty order will linger in the air, which shows mold and mildew are present. It might seem cost-effective to do the mold damage removal and disinfecting yourself, but the experience and knowledge of a professional are worth it in the long run. They know where mold and mildew lurk and hide. They can tell if wallboards, insulation or carpet padding needs replacement. Trying to save a few dollars upfront, may cost you thousands later on.

Prior to an unexpected flood, walk around the exterior of homes and buildings looking for accumulating water. Ponded water is a breeding ground for mold to grow and accumulated inside. Drain any water away from foundation walls and under porches. Easy, simple inspections go a long way for curbing mold and mildew growth.

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