How to Beat Mold in Your Home Quickly After a Flood

Flooding can wreak havoc on your home. If you live in an area where the water levels rise dangerously high, you may be dealing with this unpleasant problem. The moisture and water can damage the structural soundness of your home. When the water subsides, mold can start to take over. Even minor water damage can cause mold to grow. The worst part about mold is that it grows fast and it can be hard to manage. This is why you want to get proactive right after a flood. If you don’t, you could have some major problems on your hands. Here is how to beat mold in your home quickly after a flood.

First, you need to find the source of the water damage. If you can’t find the source, you may not be able to properly remove or repair the areas where the moisture did the most damage. Usually, you want to look around the perimeter of your home – typically around the basement wall. If a broken pipe caused the leak, you may want to look at the walls around the pipe that exploded. Finding the source is a crucial first step before you start taking measures to prevent or tackle the mold.

Next, you want to assess the damage. If the damage is minor, you may be able to simply dry the moisture or water and then remove the mold spores with a rag. At least it’s not fire or smoke damage – removing smoke odor could require you to take down the entire wall. However, if the flooding is that bad, you may have to take down the entire wall that is affected by the moisture – mold can often spread very quickly, so you want to nip the issue in the bud. If you let the problem go on, you could have a much more malignant problem on your hands.

After you assess the damage, you want to decide whether or not you should call in the professionals. If you are familiar with drywall repair, you may be able to fix the damage yourself. Ideally, you want to remove all furniture that has been affected or that is getting in the way of you repairing or cleaning up after the flood. If furniture has been soaked, you may want to bring it outside to dry in the sun. Once you have a clean area to work in, you can start removing the areas that have been damaged.

At the end of the day, removing mold is easy if you know what you are doing and if you know how to assess the severity of the damage. It is important to first find the source of the damage. After that, you want to measure how bad the damage is. When you are ready and prepped, you can start cleaning up. Making sure your home is dry and that moisture isn’t seeping into your walls will be a breath of fresh air. In the end, mold can cause breathing difficulties and a number of other problems, so it is important to rectify the problem sooner rather than later.

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