Last Updated on August 8, 2013
A flood can have devastating effects on your property and your health and it is very important to work fast to minimize the damage. Depending on the source, the floodwater can be contaminated with pollutants that can pose a serious health hazard. Even after dealing with the water, you are still left with the issue of mold. Mold is a microscopic fungus that grows in damp or moist environments and it can be very harmful to health while also causing damage to property. There are various tips that can help to prevent growth of mold in your home.
1. Enhance ventilation
Mold requires moisture to grow and the best way to prevent moisture is by enhancing ventilation. Keeping windows open and using fans and humidifiers can go a long way in enhancing ventilation. Before you use the fan, make sure that you do not see any signs of mold. Using a fan when there is mold will cause the spores to spread.
2. Clean or discard
When going through your items after the flood, determine the items that can be cleaned and those that need to be discarded. Items like carpets and wood items that are porous absorb moisture and they can create the best conditions for the growth of mold. Non-porous materials can be saved but they will need thorough cleaning and disinfecting to get rid of all contamination.
3. Disinfecting surfaces
While you can use bleach to clean materials and surfaces, it is not recommended for mold removal. The bleach can kill indoor mold on non-porous materials but it is not effective for surfaces like drywall and wood. Bleach is also a corrosive chemical and the harsh fumes can be toxic to the environment and the body. There are better options for disinfecting the home and they include vinegar, borax or tea tree oil.
4. Drying furniture
It is very important to make sure that you dry out everything in the room especially the furniture. Drying out some of the items might take a while but it is important to ensure that everything is dry and professionally cleaned. Only then can you make a full assessment of the furniture that you need to replace. Professional cleaning and restoration can often help you to save most of your furniture.
5. Professional cleaning
Dealing with mold in the home is a job best left to the professionals. Unfortunately, most times even after working fast you are likely to see signs of mold in hard to reach places. The professionals have the skills and equipment to clean mold in areas that you cannot access with ease. At The Mold Guy, we have the expertise to clean your home and ensure that you can live and breathe easy again.
If you have had a flood or any type of water damage, you can expect that sooner or later you will have to deal with the issue of mold. It is important to note that you may not be able to see or smell the mold but you might notice your allergies getting worse. Hiring professionals is very important because they can detect mold in your home. When you hire us from The Mold Guy, you can have peace of mind and protect your family’s health!