How to avoid mold after a flood.
After the immediate effects of a large storm or flooding, people should consider the potential of mold growth which generally occurs after flooding. As clean up efforts begin, the aftermath of the storm will soon become obvious.
Check your basement or any other areas that have flooded to make sure the areas are properly dried out. Mold will generally become present within 24 to 48 hours. Because mold only needs moisture and an organic surface in order to flourish, it can begin attacking your home or business almost immediately. By using your senses you can usually detect mold by sight and smell. The musty smell and visible mold growth will most likely be in just about all of the affected areas. But be cautious; just because you do not see or smell any mold, that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Even a small amount of standing water can create water vapors that will rise and create moisture on walls and wood members. Mold needs very little moisture to develop in a basement or crawlspace that already has a moisture or humidity issue.
There is a good rule of thumb when you are re-entering your home after flooding has occurred: “When in doubt, take it out.” If you cannot thoroughly dry and clean an article that has been sitting around in flood waters, whether it’s a cardboard box, drywall, carpeting, wood or furniture, you may want to consider getting rid of it. These items can remain a constant source of mold growth and should be removed from your home.
If major flooding or mold has inundated your home or business you should highly consider hiring a professional to remediate the problem, as attempting to do so yourself could end up spreading spores to unaffected areas and prolonging the process. Because of the many health risks that are involved with the remediation process, this recommendation should be taken in order to protect the health of you and your family.
The cleanup efforts will more than likely be a long process and you can’t expect it to resolve itself overnight. The presence of mold in the home is a very serious affair, as certain species can cause a variety of health problems, from asthma to brain damage.
For more information on flood-related mold issues, please contact us at (201) 477-8360 – (973) 346-2650 or visit us online at www.mastertechnnj.com. Mastertech Environmental provides mold removal, mold and water damage restoration and mold testing.