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How to Slow Down Mold Growth after a Flood

Time is of the essence when it comes to the actions you must take after a flood. This is because mold can develop within 24 to 48 hours of a flood. From there, bacteria and all kinds of toxins can spread throughout your home endangering your health and the health of your loved ones. So what actions should you take within those first 24 to 48 hours after a flood? Here are a few of our recommendations.

  • Go over your insurance policy: Most people are not very knowledgeable about the contents of their insurance policy. Don’t be caught off guard should a flood affect your home. Go over your insurance policy so that you can be ready for the insurance agent. Also, take copious photos, video and notes to help document your damage.
  • DIY cleanup: Eventually you may need to call a professional to help you remove all water from your home as some if it may contain toxins. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do yourself. First, you should pump out or soak up any standing water. (Be cautious around electrical circuitry.) Second, a shop vacuum can be handy in extracting some of the water from carpets. Again, in order to be thorough you should consider calling in a professional at some point.
  • Remove all debris and wet items: This is especially true of porous items. Porous items – such as rugs, carpets and mats – are difficult to clean and can therefore be sources of mold growth.
  • Use fans: Fans can help increase the circulation in your home and speed up evaporation.
  • Use dehumidifiers: Anything you can do to reduce the amount of moisture in the air will help retard the growth of mold. A dehumidifier can significantly reduce the moisture level in your home following a flood. You should also consider opening all windows – if the humidity level is lower outside – in order to help.mold remediation

There’s a saying that goes act in haste; repent at leisure. Well this is not the case when it comes to mold removal. Those first two days are critical in arresting the spread of mold and in preventing further damage to your home and possessions. We specialize in water damage restoration. That and expert smoke repair is necessary after a fire and can help put homeowners’ lives back on track.

Mold Removal Mistakes

If you are unsure about how to remove mold from your home you are alone. Many DIYers – and even some professional mold removal companies – are in the dark when it comes to knowing how to remove mold once and for all. DIYers tend to think that bleach is a miracle solution for removing mold – it is not. And even some professionals make mistakes than can lead to a temporary solution to mold. Here are a few of the most common mold removal mistakes and some tips on how you can make sure that your residence remain mold free – permanently.

  • Using bleach only: Due to its cleaning power, many homeowners believe that bleach alone can remove any and all mold. Although bleach can temporarily remove mold from many surfaces, it often returns after about three months. Moreover, attempting to remove mold using bleach can cause you to inhale bleach fumes and mold spores that have been released into the air.
  • Using other DIY mold cleaning products: Mold cleanup in Thousand Oaks – and in every other place – requires the use of special mixtures that are designed to eliminate mold once and for all. (That is as long as homeowners do not create conditions that cause mold to return.) Our business is in knowing exactly which mixtures kill mold.
  • Not hiring qualified mold remediation professionals: As we said, even qualified professionals can make mistakes when removing mold from homes. However, professionals have the best chance of doing things right the first time. Contact any remediation company you are considering hiring and ask them about their credentials and for references.
  • Spreading mold during the cleanup process: Many people fail to address the problem of mold at its roots. And while you may get rid of surface mold, you may spread mold particles around during the cleanup process. Qualified professionals are less like to do this. mold

While we believe that there are many things that consumers can do for themselves, there are some things that are best left to the professionals. Mold removal and remediation are two of those things. It only takes a little mold left behind for a larger problem to develop later. When we do mold remediation we use special instrumentation to test the air for mold in its most minute form. We then attack mold at its source cleaning your home better than any DIYer could on his/her own.

How Mold Affects Pets

There is much information on the Internet about the effect of mold on humans. However, not much has been written about how mold affects our four legged friends who see and traverse the world in an entirely different way than we do. Dogs, for example, very much explore the world through inhalation. This means that they can be particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of mold. Let’s take a look at how mold affects our pets.

How Mold Affects Pets

As we have already stated, dogs are even more susceptible to mold than we are. This is because their sense of smell is many times greater than ours and because they are more likely to come into direct contact with mold as they travel through our homes. Thus, prolonged mold exposure can affect dogs in much the same way that it can affect us. Black mold can cause respiratory conditions in your pets such as COPD, asthma, and respiratory allergies. There is even some evidence to suggest that mold can trigger even more serious conditions in pets (and humans) such as acute liver damage, tumors, cirrhosis of the liver and immunosuppression damage.

Signs and Symptoms of Mold in Dogs

The first thing we can do to protect our pets from the dangers of mold is to learn to recognize the symptoms and signs of mold exposure. Some of the signs of mold sickness in dogs include:

  • Excessive licking, especially on your dog’s paws Loss of fur in small areas
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Discharge from eyes and nose
  • Noisy or labored breathing
  • Lethargy and listlessnesspets
  • Lack of appetite
  • Behavioral changes

How to Keep Your Pets Safe from Mold

If you suspect mold growth in your home then you should have an inspection done immediately. This will help to protect your pets and your human family. We specialize in water damage restoration and water damage repair. Water following a flood or fire are often the preamble to a mold problem in many homes. Next, you should keep everything that your pet comes into contact with clean and dry. You should also keep your pet away from trash cans, underneath sinks, etc. These are places that mold can hide. If your pet does become exposed to mold, then you should immediately take it to a veterinarian.

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