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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.

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