Water damage is caused by a myriad of problems which includes burst pipes, leaking faucets, washing machine overflow, and many more. Once water gets out and inundates your home it is only a matter of moments before damage begins to appear on your carpet, floors, walls, ceilings, and foundation. This type of damage requires special attention in order to prevent or correct mold growth.
Mold not only can ruin your home, but it can actually be detrimental to your health. Molds produce spores that spread very easily through the air and in the right conditions they can form new colonies. Molds love moisture, nutrients, and a space to grow therefore when your home suffers from water damage it provides just those conditions that mold thrives in. The longer mold is allowed to grow the more dangerous it can be to your health (i.e. causing respiratory issues) and the more difficult it can be to clean up. As soon as the water recedes or after water removal it is important that you begin the clean up process right away. If you hire a professional, which is highly recommended, then they will likely take care of the whole restoration process including mold clean up.
What can I do if I cannot hire a professional right away?
If you are unable to hire a professional right away, then you can begin by making sure that all the flood water has receded and take pictures of the mold and water damage in your home for insurance reasons. Then you can begin the cleanup process outlined below:
- Remove wet carpeting right away: You should discard it; however, if it is salvageable then make sure that you clean and disinfect it properly. Also make sure that it is dried as quickly as possible. Do not reuse any flooded padding.
- Remove wet insulation: This should be done as soon as possible. Wet insulation stays wet for a very long time and allows mold to grow.
- Clean with non-phosphate detergents: When you disinfect remember not to mix bleach with ammonia or acids like vinegar and follow all the directions carefully. Disinfectants will kill molds, but they do not prevent regrowth.
- Do everything you can to speed up drying times: As best you can speedily dry subfloors, slabs, and wall framing prior to replacing insulation, wallboards, and flooring. You can use air conditioning, heaters, fans, or a dehumidifier.
- If you can, test the moisture content of studs and sheathing: If you can test it use a moisture detector prior to replacing insulation. Moisture content in wood should be below 20% before you close the wall.
- Continue looking for signs of mold after the cleanup is done.
If you think that the above process sounds daunting, that’s because it is! In almost all cases it is best if you can call a professional like RestorePro. We have trained professionals and industrial grade equipment that will ensure your home is 100% restored and mold is prevented from regrowing.
We have been helping homes suffering from mold growth due to water damage since 1997. Our trained professionals are available 24/7 to take your call at 1-800-847-0114. You can also check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RestorePro911.