Matthew’s Hidden Danger: 5 Ways To Avoid Mold Growth After A Flood
As the dramatic and devastating reports and images pour in from eastern and central North Carolina, our hearts go out to those affected by the flooding created by Hurricane Matthew.
Reports indicate that some areas of the state received up to 15 inches of rainfall, causing mass evacuations and power-outages, destroying homes and businesses, washing out roads and even ending lives. While our focus will be on the devastation this flooding has caused, after the water recedes a hidden danger may appear to those who were only slightly impacted by the flood.
If a structure was affected by any amount of flooding or other water damage it may be at risk of mold growth. Acting quickly to assess how much moisture entered or is lingering in your walls, crawlspace or other parts of your home or business could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in clean-up and restoration. Use this guide to help prevent the growth of mold due to water damage or flooding.
5 Essential Steps To Avoid Mold After Flooding
Cleaning up a flooded house is a race against time since mold can grow within 48 hours. Whether you experienced flooding in your crawlspace, garage or inside your living space, here are a few things you should do to prevent mold from developing.
- Assess the damage. Where is the damage? Is there any wet drywall? If fuse boxes or electrical circuits are under water, emergency crews need to clear the space first.
- Get the water out. Remove water with a wet vacuum and or a dehumidifier. Shovel out any wet debris that may have accumulated.
- Clean up the aftermath. Use a wet/dry vacuum to clear out debris and remove any wet drywall. It is important to power wash and or scrub framing and cinder blocks of foundation or slab flooring.
- Dry the space thoroughly. Mold needs moisture to grow. All building materials need to be rid of visible and non-visible moisture. Renting industrial grade dehumidifiers and fans can help, however, only a certified mold remediation firm can guarantee moisture and mold removal after a flood.
- Keep it dry. The number one thing to remember when trying to prevent mold growth is the importance of keeping surfaces dry. Consider installing a dehumidifier in moisture prone areas of your home such as a basement or crawl space.
*All flooded areas should be assessed by a mold remediation specialist to ensure proper cleanup and safety.
Flooded House? Don’t Panic — We Can Help
Besides causing structural damage, house floods create the ideal circumstances for mold growth, which can lead to health issues, pest infestations and more. Our flood damage restoration services include water extraction, structural drying, content cleaning, mold removal and more. At Remtech, our flood response specialists take their job seriously — we use the latest technologies to dry your flooded house effectively, leaving only a clean, safe home for your family.
We have teams of qualified flood damage restoration professionals. With our water extraction and structural drying services, your home will be dry and safe in no time. Contact Remtech Environmental today for 24/7 emergency flood response services!