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Mold Prevention

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is difficult for home and business owners—due not only to the damage it can cause but also because of the unique health hazards and risks it can present.

One of those dangerous risks is mold growth. The CDC has many negative symptoms associated with mold exposure that are well-documented, and the problem is exacerbated because of how quickly mold can begin growing.

If your home has been affected by water damage and you’re concerned about mold growth, there are steps you can take to help stop mold from taking hold:

Before You Get Started

  • Never re-enter your building before officials have deemed it safe and are positive all water has receded.
  • Take photos and videos of damage throughout—making sure to include damage done to furniture and walls—for insurance claim purposes.

Drying Should Begin Right Away

  • Begin vacuuming with a heavy-duty, outdoor vacuum before the cleanup crew arrives.
  • Weather permitting, open windows and doors to maximize airflow for as long as possible.
  • Make use of fans, dehumidifiers and heaters to speed up drying time.

Items Exposed to Water Should Be Sorted

  • Porous materials exposed to water damage, such as wood, upholstery and paper of any kind, can trap mold and should be discarded.
  • Non-porous materials—such as metal, plastic and glass—can often be cleaned, disinfected and reused.
  • It is important to note that drying carpet will not necessarily remove mold spores if they’ve already begun to grow.

A Professional Should Always Be Consulted

In some cases, carpets can be salvaged after water damage. However, experts typically recommend replacing the carpet pad at a minimum.

Mold is incorrectly associated with discolorations and foul odors when the reality is that mold can often lurk unnoticed long before it is seen. While replacing the carpet pad is less costly than a full re-carpeting of the home, only a professional can determine if this is adequate enough to prevent mold from spreading.

If you’re worried about cleanup associated with mold growth and water damage, SERVPRO® of Western Essex County can help you restore your home and remediate any mold issues you may have.

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