Rising Waters, Flooding, Burst Pipes & Mold Issues: 3 Tips to Prevent Mold After Flooding

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Flooding in your home is sometimes caused by plumbing problems, such as burst pipes and backed up sewer lines. You probably did not expect it to happen to you, but it did. What is next? Cleaning up is going to be a priority, and you want to make sure your home is free of mold when waters subside. You will need to remove damaged materials, sediments and dry your home out. Here are some tips that will help prevent mold problems after flood waters have subsided:

1. Get Started Getting Water & Sediment Out of Your Home ASAP

The first step in preparing for restorations is getting the water out of your home. If you want to reduce the chances that you must deal with mold problems later, start cleaning out the water and sediments as early as possible. If you can, start siphoning out the water from your home before the waters completely recede. Start sweeping and vacuuming out the sediments early too. The sooner you get the mess out of your home, the less likely it will be that mold spores start spreading throughout your home.

2. Remove the Materials That Absorb Moisture & Cause Mold Problems

The materials in your home are often organic and absorbent, which is a bad combination when it comes to mold spores. Carpet, drywall and wood trim are a few of the materials that can create the perfect environment for mold spores to take over your home.

First, you will want to remove flooring materials like carpet and wood. The carpet you will want to throw out, but you may be able to save the wood materials. Remove any drywall and wood trim that has been in contact with flood waters too. Sometimes, you can remove drywall to a certain height on walls, but make sure you remove it above the water line of where flood waters reached.

3. Clean Everything Thoroughly with Fungicide & Dry Your Home Out

After you have the water and damaged materials out of your home, you will be ready to begin the process of cleaning up. Make sure that you clean everything with a fungicide cleaner, which is something that a restoration service will be able to help you with. Treat all the exposed wood framing with fungicide too. After cleaning, thoroughly dry everything out before you begin doing work.

These tips are going to help you keep mold problems under control after your home has been flooded. You will still have to deal with cleanup and restoration, and there may even still be some mold issues. Contact a pipe repair service like StateWide Mechanical II Inc. to help solve the problem causing your flooded home, so you can continue putting everything back together.   

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