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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.

What You can Do about Air Conditioner Mold

Many homes rely on air systems to maintain a comfortable room temperature. And while that is important this time of year, it also means that mold could can or has ready begun to form inside your air conditioner. In this post, we will highlight how to prevent mold from growing in your air conditioner.

  • Keep it clean: Dirty air ducts can disrupt the flow of air you breathe and create poor indoor air quality. Keep your air conditioner clear of the dirt and micro particles that could lead to mold formation. If you have a window unit, be sure that you change the filter on a regular basis. This will limit the amount of organic matter that forms there. Finally, if your ducts are very dirty, you may wish to hire a professional to clean your entire unit.
  • Keep the moisture under control: Nowadays, many air conditioners have humidity control built into them. These kinds of air conditioners control mold by regulating the level of moisture in the air.
  • Use the ‘Auto’ Function: Another feature that modern air conditioners possess is auto-function. Set your air conditioner to continue to allow air to circulate even when the cooling function is not being used. A constant flow of air will help prevent moisture and mold build-up.air conditioner
  • Regular maintenance: Have your air conditioner maintained on a regular basis so that it helps cool you when needed and so that problems that could lead to mold formation can be headed off. Many times you will be able to find that heating and cooling companies offer seasonal bargains for this service.
  • Have deep maintenance when needed: Make sure that you have professionals perform a deep maintenance of your air conditioner that goes beyond merely cleaning the unit. Be sure that they inspect the motor, the oil used etc.

Yes, air conditioners can paradoxically help reduce mold in your home by regulating the humidity levels therein and can also be a breeding ground for mold. It all depends on how they are maintained this and at all times of the year. On this site you will find other useful information about mold and how we can remove it wherever it is in your home. We also do water damage restoration and water extraction carpet cleaning which helps prevent mold formation.

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