A flood can be devastating to your home, but mold after flooding just makes the situation ten times worse. Luckily, mold prevention after water damage can help protect your health and property. While this is best left to water mitigation and mold specialists in Atlanta, you might need to go DIY in certain situations, at least to get the process jumpstarted.
Whether you are looking to prevent mold yourself or just better understand how the professionals work, here are key steps for how to prevent mold after water damage.
Clear Out Waterlogged Items
Start by taking inventory of all the items in your home and determining which ones are waterlogged. Keep in mind that it isn’t always what you expect. While soft items make it clear that they are holding onto water, harder items like wood can also be waterlogged without you realizing it.
As part of preventing mold after floods get these items out of your home, so they can dry without releasing more and more moisture into the air.
Bring in the Industrial Fans
Not all wet items can simply be drug out into the garage or onto the lawn to dry. For example, if your carpets are soaked and you want to save them, you have to dry them where they are. Industrial fans can help dry out your carpets while preventing mold from flood damage.
Use a Dehumidifier
Even once the items in your home are dry, the air might still be incredibly humid. This alone can allow for mold after a flood. A dehumidifier will pull this moisture out of the air, getting it to a safe level that does not facilitate mold growth.
Attack Visible Mold Growth
If you are already seeing mold growth, you need to treat it. We suggest starting with vinegar or baking soda mixed with water. If this is not enough to get the job done, don’t try other combinations. Instead, let the professionals help.
The best way to avoid a lot of damage from mold and other issues is not to wait around. There’s no time like the present! Call us today or fill out our contact form for more information on how we can help you protect your home and health and get back into your house as soon as possible with our water damage and flood restoration service Atlanta. Schedule your consultation today!
For more information, read: Three Steps to Reduce Flood Damage.