4 Ways to Prevent Mold After Water Damage

4 Ways to Prevent Mold After Water Damage
4 Ways to Prevent Mold After Water Damage

Failing to take the necessary steps after water damage can lead to several problems, mold being one of the most prevalent ones. Mold thrives behind wet drywall; especially after water damage in buildings that haven't been thoroughly dried. According to the EPA, under the right conditions, mold can begin to develop in as little as 24 hours so it's extremely important to address the affected areas immediately and get the drying process started.

Inspect Your Home

After experiencing water damage in your home or place of business, you should do a thorough inspection of the property. Chances are that if the damage was extensive and you didn't rely on a reliable water damage restoration company, you might have missed some of the areas where water has traveled and that's where mold will thrive. Even with minor water damage, it can be difficult for inexperienced people to locate all of the areas which have been affected.

Remember, all it takes for mold to flourish is the right conditions – wet, dark, low airflow, and a food source. Water damage where wood and drywall are involved can provide the perfect breeding ground for mold.

Pump Standing Water Out

If you find that there is standing water anywhere in the house, immediately pump it out and begin the drying process, but only if you are certain there is no risk of electrical danger. For example, if there are appliances or their electric cords sitting in water or if electrical outlets have been compromised, you should turn off the electricity before entering the area. If you are uncomfortable taking care of this, you should contact an electrician or a reputable restoration company.

Begin the Drying Process

Drying your home or office and returning the building materials to the same moisture content as before the water damage occurred is the goal. You'll need specialized equipment (low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers, air movers, and HEPA air filtration machines) to get the job done properly. You'll also need moisture measuring meters to check your progress.

Remove Water Damaged Contents

If you have damp rugs, curtains, sofas, and other pieces of furniture which you believe are too badly damaged to save, remove them as quickly as possible. The contents which can be saved will dry once you have the proper equipment in place (see section above).

We've given you some ideas on what may be able to do on your own. If you are concerned about water damage and mold, you may want to get in touch with a local property damage restoration company. Mammoth Restoration & Reconstruction has specialized in water damage and mold remediation for over 25 years. You can call us any time of the day, seven days a week, at 609.859.5600 and schedule an emergency visit any time!

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