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Mold Prevention During Flood Cleanup

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Entrance of a house fully flooded during flooding Flooded home in Northwest Las Vegas, NV

Mold Prevention During Flood Cleanup

Once the water subsides after flooding, your home in Northwest Las Vegas, NV, still has a long way to go before it is back to normal. The most common issue people face is mold growth. Flooding creates the perfect conditions for spores to spread, which can happen within 24 hours.

The Effects of Flood Waters

Even just a little water has the potential for mold to start forming, so a flooded home will likely face more issues. As opposed to a roof leak, which usually affects one area, flooding can affect nearly every area of the home. Addressing saturated areas as quickly as possible is key.

Furniture, wood, clothing and other porous materials attract mold spores. Remove those items from the home. Keep salvageable items away from those that were completely submerged and will likely need to be discarded.
Inspect carpeting, drywall and baseboards for damage. Knocking a few holes in those area to allow for air flow can reduce the chances of mold growth.
Dry out carpeting. Use a wet vac to remove the waters. Be sure to wear safety gear to avoid coming into contact with contaminated water.
Open windows and use a dehumidifier and fans to help dry out the home.
Any glass, plastic or metal objects touched by the water should be clean and disinfected.

What If There Is Already Mold?

Even if you get your home dried out as quickly as possible, mold could already be growing. When it comes to mold removal, it’s best to contact a mold remediation expert to completely and safely eliminate it. Even if you think you got everything cleaned up, mold has a sneaky way of growing where it can’t be seen. If you begin to smell a musty odor that won’t go away, there is a good chance your home needs extra help.
Although mold growth can seem like a big problem, getting the right help makes a difference. Count on a professional to get your flooded home back to “Like it never even happened.”

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