Baytown and Channelview Home Safety: Protecting Your Home From Mold After A Flood
Flash floods, hurricanes, and severe thunderstorms are common throughout the greater Houston metropolitan area. Just this year, our community has faced widespread devastating floods on more than one occasion. After flood damage, restoring homes and businesses properly is essential to prevent mold. In our area, particularly during the warm spring and hot summer months, mold starts to develop within 48 hours of water damage. Therefore, it is essential that you act fast to prevent mold after a flood.
The SERVPRO of Baytown & Channelview team works around the clock helping our community overcome the overwhelming damage caused by water, whether it is due to a storm, a broken water pipe, sewage backup, or a fire. Time is truly of the essence in every case. While DIY flood cleanup is sometimes manageable, it is not recommended. More often than not, property owners attempting the cleanup and restoration project end up causing even more damage to their property. Additionally, the cost of supplies, equipment, and protective gear is extensive. The Houston SERVPRO team will work directly with your insurance company, saving you time and frustration.
To protect your home from mold after a flood, once the floodwaters have receded and the property has been deemed safe by first responders, the water needs to be extracted. Remember, in our area, floodwaters often carry snakes and other wildlife seeking refuge; so be sure to wear appropriate clothing and protective footwear if you venture into the water. It is important to document all of the water damage your Houston area property has sustained; you can’t take too many photos or videos to provide to your insurance company. These initial photos will also help you to create an inventory of items that were lost or damaged.
To prevent mold after the water has been extracted from the home, flooring, drywall, furniture, and other personal belongings saturated by the floodwaters need to be removed and disposed of properly. Personal items and heirlooms should be carefully evaluated and assessed for damage, as many may be able to be saved through professional restoration.
After the removal process, the hard work begins. Every surface of the property must be scrubbed with a bleach and water solution, and then rinsed and dried. This is really the only way to prevent mold infestations in the future. Make no mistake, this is a time-consuming and detail-oriented task that your locally owned and operated Houston SERVPRO is equipped to handle. Our team members undergo extensive training and have the best equipment, tools, and solutions at their disposal.
Once the property has been properly cleaned, the drying and dehumidifying process must begin. This is one area where the process cannot be rushed. However, the use of industrial dehumidifiers and commercial fans make a huge difference in the length of time required to bring humidity levels back to acceptable levels, prior to the rebuilding process. Call on us whenever disaster strikes, 24 hours a day. The faster we get started cleaning up water damage, the better chance we have at preventing future mold infestations from taking over your property.
About Baytown and Channelview SERVPRO
SERVPRO of Baytown and Channelview are Faster to Any Size Disaster, helping residential and commercial property owners when natural disasters, water damage, sewage backups, floods, fires, mold infestations, and other events happen. In addition to Baytown and Channelview, we also proudly serve surrounding communities.