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The Proper Steps to Take Following Floods to Prevent Mold Damage

7/20/2017 (Permalink)


The Proper Steps to Take Following Floods to Prevent Mold Damage

Summer is a season with unpredictable weather, bad storms, and tropical activity that might make many people feel nervous. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the wind that makes most people nervous when a serious storm such as a hurricane or tropical storm hits. It’s the water level. Flood damage occurs unexpectedly during bad storms, and it often results in mold damage. Mold growth loves water, and mold damage can occur in less than two days when floods occur.

When a flood is imminent, it’s time to prep. It’s not always possible, but it’s better to be prepared. Mold in the home and commercial mold damage can be minimized when items are removed from the floor, but the water must be removed immediately. Standing water allows mold damage and mold growth to occur more quickly, and no one ever knows if that mold growth will be black mold. It’s also very easy for mold growth behind walls to occur when water isn’t removed quickly.

While removing water to prevent mold in the home and commercial mold damage from becoming a problem is encouraged, removing mold damage without the help of a professional restoration company is not recommended. Mitigation and remediation are not optional, and mold removal done incorrectly can make the problem worse. Mold is fungus that spreads quickly through spores in the air, and disturbing mold is going to make the issue much worse.

What to Do to Help with Mold in the Home and Commercial Mold Damage

Never touch mold damage or mold growth in an attempt to handle mold removal without a restoration company on hand. Black mold, dangerous mold, toxic mold, and the spread of fungus and spores is too dangerous. Mold removal requires precision so spores aren’t thrown into the air to spread rapidly. Even if it’s not black mold, disturbing mold spores is too dangerous.

The best thing anyone can do when they find mold in the home or commercial mold damage is get the water out if there’s been a flood, and shut down the air and heat systems in the building. This helps transport fungus like mold from room to room faster and more efficiently. Slowly down the process by turning these off is helpful.

Recognizing Mold in the Home and Commercial Mold Damage

Finding fungus, mildew, dry rot, a smelly odor, or thinking deodorization is a must in a home or office could indicate some mold damage. Mold removal might not seem like a necessary issue for many following a flood if water is removed quickly, but it’s not always the case. Mold growth behind walls is a problem. Black mold could be a problem, and the presence of any mildew or dry rot could be a problem. Mildew grows much like mold. It requires some serious heat, humidity, and moisture. If mildew is present, it might indicate mold isn’t far behind.

Dry rot requires moisture to occur. Dry rot isn’t mold, but it’s a sign there’s too much moisture in a home or office that could require remediation and mitigation. It could also indicate mold growth behind walls is a problem. It’s time to call a restoration company if dry rot is a problem. Another indication of mold growth behind walls is a smelly odor in which deodorization isn’t working well. There are many forms of deodorization available to remove a smelly odor form a home or office, but none will work for long. That indicates the issue might be mold.

Cleaning up mold or ignoring it without calling for mitigation and remediation is dangerous for health, too. Black mold isn’t the only kind that’s toxic since mold that’s left alone and ignored can grow rapidly and spread far and wide. This can cause become toxic, and it can have a negative effect on people with allergies and/or asthma. Mitigation and remediation are required, and not just because a professional restoration company is needed to keep families and employees safe and healthy, to remove the smelly odor mold causes, and to use proper deodorization techniques in a home or office.
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