How to Deal with Water Damage from Mold
Dealing with mold from water damage is never fun. You may have just returned home from a devastating hurricane. Just when it looks like everything is pretty much fine, you smell something awful. Mold is devastating for both your house and your family’s health, so you want to take prompt action to prevent it from escalating any further.
Alufab USA is here to keep your home safe during hurricane season. We offer an array of hurricane shutters to help prevent debris from breaking your windows. We want you to have peace of mind during hurricane season so that you do not have to worry about a thing while you are away. However, there is only so much we can do, and shutters will not help prevent water damage mold.
How To Handle Mold From Water Damage
Your first step should involve locating the source of the water damage. Mold requires moisture to thrive. It will also develop in an area of the home that is not prone to receiving any air circulation. You should check hard-to-reach areas to see where the mold could have initially formed.
Once you locate the source of the moisture, you need to halt the flow. It is possible the hurricane smashed a window or knocked a hole in the roof. If you clean up the mold first, then the water will make it grow back. This may also entail removing anything that has been damaged beyond repair by water. Some items can be salvaged, but for the most part, when it comes to carpeting and floorboards, you are better off removing the items and installing new ones.
After that, you need to eliminate any excess water. In some instances, there may be a small quantity of water that requires mopping up. However, if a large portion of your home was underwater, then you will need heavy-duty equipment. You will need to acquire a shop vac that will vacuum up the water and remove it from the premises. You may need to hire a mold remediation company that can get your house back to normal for you.
In the event you do hire professionals to help you with this, there is something else you can do in the meantime. There may have been numerous items in the room where the flooding occurred. You need to determine what has been too severely damaged by mold and what can be salvaged. Again, you will need to hire professionals who know how to handle these items to repair them safely.
Additionally, you want to keep yourself safe throughout this process. You should never pick up any potentially moldy item by hand. You want to wear gloves the entire time. Any time you go into the mold-affected area, you want to wear either an N-95 or N-99 mask.
It is incredibly dangerous to breathe in mold particles as they can lead to respiratory issues. It is also a good idea to wear disposable shoe covers, safety goggles and a disposable Tyvek suit any time you come into contact with mold. You will see the experts wear all of this and more, and you want to do the same.
As you remove items from the premises, you want to take everything out in a plastic bag. mold can make its way to other undamaged areas of the home if you do not adequately dispose of your items.
Once the professionals have taken care of the mold, you need to start thinking about repairs to that area of the house. First, you need to make sure the room is completely dry. Since you have to tear out parts of the flooring or wall anyway, you might as well use this opportunity to mold-proof your home.
Contact Us Before Hurricane Season Begins
We want to help you make sure your home is ready for the next hurricane. We offer an array of window and door protection options, including accordion shutters, roll-up shutters and storm panels you can have installed on your house. With our products, you will have a reduced risk of ending up with mold after a storm. Contact us if you have any questions about our products or services. Give us a call today! (239) 226-4872