20 Aug Can I Get Rid of Mold After Flooding?
When dealing with a flood, you’ve got to act quickly to save your home from irreparable damage. One of those damaging threats is mold. Mold sets in quickly, often 24-36 hours after water has entered the premises. If treated soon enough, you may be able to prevent the mold from forming by getting rid of water damaged materials and properly drying and cleaning the home.
However, when the power is out or you’re unable to clean the home before mold begins to set in, the problem becomes that much harder. It’s not impossible, though. It’s still possible to get rid of mold from your house after flooding, it just takes proper technique and full diligence to ensure the job is completed successfully.
DIY or Hire a Professional?
Both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend hiring a trained professional to clean up indoor mold problems that exceed a 10 x 10 feet area.
While even a small bit of mold might seem manageable on your own, it’s always a safe bet to look to professional contractors to get the work done correctly. A company with certifications and years of experience under their belt is your best bet.
Why Is Mold Such an Issue?
It might seem like a cosmetic issue to some homeowners, but mold infestations are dangerous to the health of your home and the health of those who live in it. It often triggers asthma-like symptoms or allergies, but it can also be pathogenic or even toxic if found in certain strains.
Some common health concerns relating to mold include:
- Sore throat
- Irritated eyes
- Skin infection
- Upper respiratory or sinus infections
What Can Be Done
Once your home has been damaged by water, it’s imperative to act quickly to stop the mold from forming in the first place. If it is already too little too late, time is still of the essence to keep the problem from getting worse.
There are some important steps you can take in the meantime while you are waiting for it to be treated by water damage professionals like our All Dry USA experts.
1. Get rid of the wet stuff.
First, any sources of moisture must be removed from the home. This moisture is where mold gets the “OK” to grow from, so taking it away removes some of its growing power.
2. Try to keep moisture to a minimum.
Once all removable items have been removed, you want to keep your home as dry as possible on your own until your contractor arrives. Keep things like walls and carpet dry with fans or dehumidifiers. If you can already see visible mold, however, don’t use the fans as they can spread spores around and make an infestation much worse.
3. Dispose of the contaminated items.
If there are materials in your home that are visibly contaminated with mold, you can go ahead and remove those from the premises. If they’re in your home, they can spread their spores around. That’s usually not a risk that homeowners want to take.
At this point, you’ll want to leave the rest up to a professional contractor with mold experience.
Once your home is dried out and moist or contaminated materials have all been removed from the home, you’re ready for the next step of mold remediation. Here are the things a professional should be doing in your home for a proper mold remediation service:
Out with the old.
Removing all materials or fixtures such as insulation, porous materials, wall coverings, ceiling tiles, wallpaper, flooring, drywall and paper products that have been water damaged or affected by mold.
Clean and disinfect what’s left.
Once the home is stripped down to the least damaged or non-damaged state, it’s time to clean what’s left. Using a disinfectant, all nonporous surfaces should be cleaned thoroughly. A HEPA vacuum should be used to remove residue and dust left behind.
Flush the air.
Once the surfaces are clean, a contractor should clear out the air with an air scrubber to purify it from any possible spores floating around.
Here, the home needs to dry completely before being rebuilt or refinished. While waiting, remain on duty checking for mold. It can still pop up, and you don’t want to start restoring until it’s free of any infestation. Once it’s all dry, it can be slowly restored. It’s best to consider flood-resistant materials at this point since you’ve already suffered enough.
If you’ve been affected by water damage or flooding, it’s not too late to keep your house safe from mold, but time is of the essence.
Act quickly and call us at All Dry USA to get your home dry and functioning properly in no time. Contact us today for more information about our mold remediation services.