It is important to protect yourself from mold and take preventative measures so that mold does not grow in your home after experiencing significant water damage. Remember that water damage can create a moisture laden area in your home, giving rise to the perfect conditions for mold to grow. This article will show you five steps that you can take to prevent mold after water damage.
Check The Building
The first thing you should do after experiencing water damage is to check the entirety of your building. Water damage can be a force to be reckoned with and as such, it can create building- wide damage. In addition to the obvious things that can be damaged, there are other things that you should inspect for insurance, tax, health and safety reasons. For example, it is important to find out if your electrical or gas lines have suffered any damage. This can be a problem, as water damage can cause electrical arching or overheating of lines. What might not seem like a problem right now, can waste your time and money to ultimately fix if not inspected as soon as possible.
The most important stage in making sure that your home will be free of mold is getting out all of the water that caused the damage out of your home. There are several methods that you can take to ensure that you adequately remove the water. First, it is recommended that you remove the water using a specialized wet vac that is designed specifically to remove water. After removing the water, make sure that you check out any items that have been significantly damaged by the water and remove those items, as well.
After removing the water from your building, you can start cleaning up the area. Start by vacuuming the area. It is recommended that you use a HEPA vacuum, but a simple wet or dry vac can work just as well. Make sure all debris and soil are removed from the offending room. Clean all of the framing and molding in your home. You can used a water pressurized cleaner and then scrub down the framing and molding using a mild detergent, and then repeat the process without the cleaner in order to sufficiently rinse off the area.
Dry The Area
It might seem counter intuitive to clean the area using water since mold spores thrive under the condition of moisture. In some ways this is correct, since you will have to dry the area immediately. It is recommended that you wait no longer than 24 to 48 hours after cleaning the offending room to make sure that it is adequately dry. Use sources that utilize dry, warm air in order to begin the drying process. You can rent large fans and run them in the room with the windows open to help dry out the room. It is recommended that you garner the aid of someone experienced in the process of drying out water damaged homes.
Continue To Keep The Home Dry
One of the biggest problems that people face after drying out their home after water damage is that they become complacent. It is important to keep on top of the drying process; don't allow your home to become a sopping wet mess again, lest you want to experience mold! Keep your windows open and the fans running until you can test for the presence of water and you know it has all been dried out.
Experiencing water damage in your home or a building you own is a harrowing experience, especially due to the prospect of mold. This guide hopefully has served to tell you about what you can do to take measures to prevent mold from appearing.
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