Preventing Mold Growth After You’ve Experienced Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County
The devastating effects of water damage are well known to any home or business owner that has been affected by it. Not only can it cause extensive damage, but it can also present unique health hazards and risks.
One of the most dangerous of these risks is mold growth. Many negative symptoms associated with mold exposure have been reported by the CDC, and the problem is made worse due to how quickly mold can grow.
If you’re concerned with preventing mold growth after your home has been affected by water damage, here are the steps you can take to help stop mold before it takes hold:
Before You Start
- Wait for the go-ahead from officials that water has receded and you are safe to enter.
- Take photos and videos of damage throughout for insurance claim purposes, making sure to include furniture and walls.
Tips for Drying
- Open windows and doors to maximize airflow for as long as weather permits.
- A heavy-duty, outdoor vacuum can be used before the professional cleanup crew arrives.
- Make use of fans, dehumidifiers and heaters to speed up drying time.
Sorting Items Exposed to Water
- Due to the non-porous nature of metal, plastic and glass, they can often be cleaned, disinfected and reused.
- Discard any porous materials, such as wood, upholstery and paper of any kind, as they can trap mold spores.
- It is important to note that drying carpet will not necessarily remove mold spores if they’ve already begun to grow.
A Professional Should Always Be Consulted
Mold is commonly associated with discolorations and foul odors, but can also lurk unnoticed long before it is seen, posing a serious danger to your household health. Carpets can often be salvaged after water damage, but at minimum, experts typically recommend replacing the carpet pad.
While a pad replacement is less costly than a full re-carpeting of the home, only a professional can determine if this is adequate enough in your situation.
If you’ve encountered water damage, SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County can help with the restoration and remediation of any water and mold damages you need assistance with.