Flooding And Mold Damage
When your home is flooded, it’s very likely that mold growth will begin if the water isn’t removed, cleaned, and dried within 24 to 48 hours. Mold growth thrives in dark, wet areas – which is why basements are one of the most common places we find mold damage. While a slow leak can also cause mold, flooding brings more widespread mold damage issues. When flooding occurs in your home – again, especially the basement – follow these steps to avoid mold damage.
- Remove floodwaters. Water should be extricated as soon as possible. Water can be pumped out or removed with a wet/dry vac. Both of these machines can be rented at your local hardware store.
- Once water is removed, the area needs to be dried. Use fans and open windows to circulate air throughout the area. High powered fans can also be rented at your local hardware store and will expedite the drying process.
- Remove items that can’t be saved – carpet, drywall, and any porous item that was saturated. Floodwaters are contaminated with parasites, bacteria, and other harmful substances. Mold spores can sometimes be the least of your worries here, but mold spores will find their way into the area and will begin growing within days if this process is skipped.
- Thoroughly clean the area. Use a mold killing detergent and sanitize the area completely. Hard surfaces should be cleaned and dried to avoid mold growth.
During flooding events, it’s often not possible to get all of this done within the 24-48 hour window before mold growth begins. If you discover mold damage has occurred after a flood, contact a mold damage mitigation company to completely remove all mold damage from your home. Contact us today for a free estimate. We are available 24/7 to handle your mold damage cleanup needs!Tweet