6 Steps for Preventing Mold Growth After a Flood
Category : About Mold
About 14,000 people experience water damage emergencies each and every day in the U.S. Collectively, that adds up to millions of homes experiencing flood damage every year. Mold loves the damp conditions created by flooding, and it should come as no surprise that many homes end up with mold growth issues after experiencing water damage. Here’s 6 steps you can take to prevent mold from moving in after a flood.
Discard of Porous Materials Immediately
It might be tempting to see if you can air out the sofa with the pretty pattern you’ve held on to for all these years, but it’s not worth the risk. Porous materials like upholstered furniture, wood, and rugs should be immediately discarded. Mold can often set up camp unseen in these everyday objects. The exceptions: if you can stick it in a washing machine or dishwasher, you can keep it.
Carpet loss is an aggravation, but don’t try and dry it out—this won’t kill mold spores. Allowing mold to grow can lead to respiratory illness, asthma, and more. Cut your losses and hire an expert to remove and replace your damaged carpets.
Keep mold at bay by disinfecting recently flooded areas. Mix 1.5 cups of bleach into a gallon of water and mop these areas up. For smaller areas, half-vinegar, half-water solutions can also work.
You’ll need to do more than open the window for circulation, though that’s a good start: use a wet/dry vac to vacuum up any moisture lurking around your home, and set up dehumidifiers and fans to help speed the process along. Studies indicate mold can begin growing in as little as 24 to 48 hours, so you don’t want to delay.
Use a Disinfectant Fogger
Once your home has been completely tried out, rent or purchase a germ fogger. Though you’ll need to leave the space while the fog is setting, it will essentially disperse a fine mist of disinfecting solution that can help kill off any lingering mold and bacteria.
Have an Expert Double Check
You don’t want to find out the hard way, a year after the flooding happens, that mold has started growing underneath all your wallpaper or floorboards. Have a mold remediation expert double-check your space to reduce the chances of mold growing unchecked in areas difficult to access.
Have you recently experienced a flood? Contact the mold removal experts at BGS Environmental for information on the steps you should be taking to ensure your home is safe, dry, and mold-free at (774) 226-5911.