The first stages of water damage repair can seem overwhelming.
Water after all can be an incredibly damaging element to introduce to your home – it can often do as much, if not more damage than smoke and fire.
After the initial shock of a flood or leak has passed and the bulk of the water has been removed, the next step is to move onto effective water damage restoration – and a big part of that process is to tackle any mold growth.
After a leak or flood, mold can often take a little while to start appearing but once it is in place it can really take a foothold quickly. It can damage walls, furniture and your possessions, as well as causing numerous health issues.
Luckily, with a little know how and some pretty basic equipment it is possible to tackle mold before it becomes a bigger problem.
Remove all Moisture
Mold thrives in a damp environment – which, of course, is why you always see it sprouting up after a flood.
When you think you’re done tackling the initial flood, think again and get back to work!
Mold doesn’t like very wet conditions and it certainly cannot can grow underwater. Instead, it wants dampness; so you must ensure that all traces of the floor or leak are removed form your home.
Keep windows and doors open as much as possible so a breeze can pass through, this really helps to dry out the corners and little hidden areas.
If you can get your hands on a dehumidifier then certainly get that machine set up in your property as soon as possible! This machine is fantastic at stopping mold infestations before they can take root and require certified mold remediation team to take care of the problem.
It tackles mold in two distinct ways.
First of all, it literally pulls moisture out of the air and collects it in a tank for easy disposal. As we discussed above, mold loves moisture, so if you can literally take it out of the air itself, then you are going a long way to stopping the mold before it can start.
Secondly, that air that it is filtering is also full of mold spores. Again, the de-humidifier will pull them right out the air into the storage tank for safe disposal.
These incredible machines can usually be hired from home-ware stores or supplied by professional water damage control companies.
Either way, they can be an invaluable tool in the post flood fight against mold growth.
Once moisture levels are under control, it’s time to perform proper clean up with the intention of stopping mold growth early.
If you have carpets in the affected room it is a good idea to pull them up and take them out to dry in the sun, which will also kill of mold spores.
For the walls in affected rooms, mix chlorine bleach with warm water wan wipe the walls down – again, this will kill off any mold spores that may have settled.
Special thanks to Water Damage Pro for helping us with the extensive research on the topic.