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How To Prevent Mold After Home Flooding

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Dehumidifier in a North Loop, TX home after a flood damage

There are several methods that can prevent mold growth after flooding. These measures may eliminate the need for testing and mold removal. Keep in mind that mold can begin to develop within just 24 to 48 hours, and the problem may become serious in a matter of days. Take the following measures as soon as possible after a flood.

Eliminate Standing Water

You can get rid of some standing water on your own using

  • Buckets
  • Brooms
  • Mops
  • A wet vac

Damage mitigation professionals can quickly pump out water. Getting rid of flood water is essential for limiting flood damage and the risk of secondary mold damage.

Clean and Disinfect Your Home

Mold thrives in moist, undisturbed places. Once you get rid of most of the water in your home, you should clean and disinfect all hard, non-porous surfaces. Dispose of porous contents that cannot be thoroughly cleaned, such as

  • Carpets and padding
  • Mattresses
  • Pillows

You should also tear out porous building materials such as drywall and insulation. These materials are impossible to restore and are prone to supporting mold growth.

Completely Dry the Affected Area

After you clean and disinfect your home, eliminating residual moisture is the most effective method for preventing mold. Use the following equipment:

  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Fans

These appliances promote drying, maintain a low humidity level, and can draw residual moisture out of semi-porous materials.

Check For Signs of Mold

After you have taken all of these measures to limit damage caused by flooding, you should still monitor your home for musty odors and visible mold. If you suspect that hidden mold is present, contact specialists that provide testing and mold removal.

These methods can prevent mold growth from becoming a major problem at your home in North Loop,TX. For the best chance of stopping mold before it starts, hire flood damage mitigation and restoration experts.

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