Direct exposure to mold makes many people concerned for their health. This can be especially worrisome after a home has been flooded in some capacity since mold flourishes in warm, damp and humid environments. Trying to manage an efficient water damage restoration process and salvage your home and personal belongings is difficult enough without having to take care of a mold problem too. However, because of its potential to cause illness, the fungus can’t just be ignored. It only takes a short time for mold to grow, but there are several things you can do immediately after a flood to try and keep it from appearing.
If the flooded area is pretty small and doesn’t look like an overwhelming task, you may want to try removing the water yourself. Get out as much as you can with buckets, mops, a wet/dry vacuum, pumping equipment or anything else you have that would effectively move a significant amount water.
Evaporate the Moisture
After you’ve removed as much standing water as possible, you will need to start drying out the areas affected right away. As long as it’s safe to plug in electrical appliances, all of the fans, heaters and dehumidifiers you own should be running in an effort to evaporate any lingering moisture. If you live in a climate that won’t add to the humidity inside, opening windows for extra ventilation is a good idea.
Cut Out Carpet and Drywall
Carpet, insulation, drywall, wood and any other construction materials need to be checked for signs of wetness. If your carpeting and insulation seem to be wet at all, it’s not likely it can be rescued from mold growth. While these items will eventually dry, it takes a long time for them to do so, and in the meantime, the possibility that fungus is existent is very high. To keep mold from flourishing on wet drywall, you should cut away the bottom portion and dispose of it.
Hopefully, the paint that is already on your walls contains mildewcide and will help to control any mold growth that would otherwise creep up. If not or if you aren’t sure, after thoroughly cleaning your walls in the rooms that are experiencing dampness, you can repaint with a product that you know has mildewcide as an ingredient to inhibit fungus development. Take care not to paint over any areas that already show mold, or you may never fully get rid of it.
Call in the Experts
Even you think you can deal with water damage on your own, sometimes it’s just less of a headache if you let the professionals take care of it. Water damage restoration companies will know the ins and outs of mold prevention and removal and know exactly what kind of problem areas to look out for.
Being quick to act is the key in any water damage restoration process. The faster you carry out the steps to prevent mold growth, the better chance you have at being effective. Unfortunately, nothing is guaranteed and fungus may still infiltrate areas of your home. In this case, your efforts should go to confining the spots that have already popped up and then going through the mold removal procedure.
About the Author
My name is Tiffany Olson and I love to blog on helpful home improvement tips and tricks. I’ve received restsoration help from UpRight Carpet Cleaning in the past. They specialize in carpet cleaning and water damage restoration in Worland.