How to Deal with Mold from Water Damage
After the hurricane season, your home may have suffered from some water damage. While that water can be quite destructive, eventually it can be cleaned up. What it does often lead behind though is mold, which can be quite dangerous if not removed.
Mold can take a while to become visible, which is part of the reason it’s so dangerous. It can continue to grow without you even knowing it’s there. You’ll want to have all the mold removed from your home as soon as possible to stop it from spreading. Whether you call in a professional or do it yourself, you’ll want to get started immediately.
The first step is to extract all moisture since mold grows in damp areas. Open windows and run fans, you can also use a dehumidifier. Once the moisture has been removed you can start to tackle the next step.
Next up is cleaning the large surfaces which are your home’s walls and floors. If you have carpeting, pull it up and take it outside in the sun which will dry it out and kill the mold. Take one cup of chlorine bleach and mix it into a bucket full of warm water. Use rubber gloves and wear a ventilator mask before wiping down the walls with a rag and letting them dry.
Use the same solution to mop the floor. After everything has dried go back over it with warm water and liquid disinfectant. You’ll need to repeat this every two or three days until all the mold is gone.
The next step is to clean your wood furniture including desks, tables, and bookshelves. Use a rag with denatured alcohol and allow it to dry before spraying with disinfectant. Finally, you’ll need to treat your porous surfaces.
The best thing you can do is take any necessary steps to help prevent water from entering your home in the first place. For the best in hurricane protection products, contact Alufab USA at 239-226-4872.