The aftermath of a large storm can be overwhelming, especially if moisture infiltrates your home. As soon as the heavy rains subside, be on the lookout for the potential presence of mold as a result of water damage.
Action Restoration, your water and fire damage restoration experts in the area, shares important steps to help you prevent the spread of mold after a flood.
Performing Post-Flood Cleanup
Mold begins to grow in materials that have been damp or wet for too long. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), it is important that you perform post-flood cleanup right away, sorting out all of the items that have been exposed to floodwater.
Items with porous materials like wood and upholstered furniture should be prioritized since they can easily trap mold. Dispose of them immediately, especially if they are totally submerged below the waterline. The same can be said for carpets—drying them out won’t remove mold spores. Meanwhile, others that are made of glass, plastic and metal must be cleaned and disinfected first before using them again.
Preventing Mold Inside the Home
Once water removal is done and all damp items have been dealt with, it is time to ensure the affected area is dried as quickly as possible. Open up the home if it is less humid outside to facilitate faster drying. Exposed surfaces must be disinfected and sanitized. Use fans to circulate air into the space and speed up evaporation.
More importantly, reduce the indoor air’s moisture content using a dehumidifier. Run it until the affected space has dried out completely. This could take anywhere from two days to several weeks. Consider using a moisture meter as well to get accurate readings.
Follow these steps and get in touch with a professional. Action Restoration is the water and fire restoration company that can safely handle the post-flood problems in your home. Call us today at (616) 200-8946 to learn more. You can also fill out our contact form for your inquiries or to request service.