Floodwater can cause serious damage to your home. It can cause severe emotional trauma, including the destruction of your childhood home and the loss or damage to your belongings. Everyone is left to pick up the pieces of their lives and homes after such a catastrophe. You forget to look for mold in all the chaos.
Let’s say that there is a flood in your area. All houses in the neighborhood were destroyed. Most homeowners had to deal with standing water. After a few weeks, homeowners were able to return to their homes. Although the restoration crew did an amazing job, moldy spots started to appear on the floorboards, and around the corners of walls after a few months.
This is what we were referring to.
How does mold grow?
Mold can enter your home through windows, doors, heating and air conditioning systems, as well as vents. Mold can also be carried by you when you come in contact with an infestation. These microorganisms can attach to your clothes, bags, and shoes. Your pet is not protected!
Mold thrives in damp areas like around roof leaks, windows, and pipes. Mold can attack anything that comes in contact with water (ceiling tiles, carpet, furniture and cardboard).
Mold-related Health Problems
Mold can cause minor and major health problems. A weak immune system can lead to chronic lung disease, as well as other infections.
How to Prevent and Clean Mold
Professional remediation services are the best and most reliable way to clean up mold after flooding. They use large fans to dry the surfaces and have special equipment that drains any water from the affected areas.
Mold has a distinctive odor and a musty smell. Although the signs may appear in patches, mold damage can be easily detected. Dry any wet areas as soon as possible to prevent mold from forming.
When renovating after flooding water damage, ensure that you use mold-resistant materials. You won’t need to worry about mold-causing water issues in the future.
Mold Removal – DIY
There are many ways to clean up and prevent mold. There are many ways to clean and prevent mold. Bleach and water are the best DIY solutions.
Avoid using ammonia, as it emits toxic fumes.
Here are some tips on how to use bleach to clean mold.
- One cup bleach to one gallon of water
- Before you begin cleaning, make sure to wear rubber gloves, rubber boots, and goggles
- Use a mop to clean the surface.
- After the mold has been removed, scrub it with a sponge.
- To dry the surface, wipe it with the mop again. Next, place a fan on top of the fan.