How to Prevent Mold After Water Damage
It does not take a large amount of water to cause mold growth and an annoying amount of clean-up to get rid of it. Homes that have even the smallest of leaks or water seepage from a tiny leak or flooding are at risk for developing mold growth. All mold needs to grow is a dark space with a small amount of moisture.
The key to preventing mold growth in your home after water damage is to act quickly. Follow these steps to prevent mold growth in your home after water damage.
Remove the Water ASAP
As soon as you see the water grab a wet-dry vacuum or call in a professional water damage restoration specialist. If the leak is of a significant size you will want to communicate with your insurance company
Get A/Some Fan(s)
Fans speed up air circulation and help with the drying process. Keep fans running 24/7 even up to a week after you feel the water is completely dry. If you call in a water damage restoration company they can bring in high powered fans to dry things out.
Take Extra Drying Measures
In addition to the fans, a dehumidifier or two will help significantly to pull moisture out of the area. The faster you get the room dry the better. As the de-humidifier pulls moisture out of the air the temperature feels cooler and helps to limit mold growth.
Deep Clean Carpets and Flooring
Typically after a flood, your carpet padding will need to be replaced, but many times, the carpet can be deep cleaned and saved. The trick again to being able to save your carpet with a deep cleaning is to get the area dried out as fast as possible. Being able to save the carpet or another flooring will save hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Anything touched by the water should be sanitized especially if it was stormwater or sewage water. Leave no surface uncleaned including walls, hard-surface floors, baseboards, furniture, light fixtures, ceilings, etc. Start by cleaning with soap and water and finish by sanitizing with 1.5 cups of chlorine bleach diluted into one gallon of water. Don’t forget to wear gloves to protect your skin and open up any windows and doors for good ventilation.
Don’t Forget the Furniture
It is a good idea to move everything out of the room with a significant leak or flooding, especially furniture and rugs so you can get underneath them and also set them in a better place to dry and air out. Don’t forget about your furniture once you move it, make sure it gets dried and sanitized as well (unless you were looking for an excuse to buy new furniture).
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