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3 Ways to Prevent Mold Growth After Flooding

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

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3 Ways to Prevent Mold Growth After Flooding

If you have experienced severe weather in Seattle,WA, and your building has been affected by flooding, it is important to handle it quickly and in the right way. Along with the initial damage, water can cause multiple kinds of secondary damage, including mold growth. The following are steps you can take to prevent this fungus from spreading.

1. Remove Excess Water

If large amounts of water remain in an area for an extended period of time, it will inevitably lead to more damage. Standing water, even if it came from a clean source, can become contaminated. It also makes it easy for mold to grow and spread. A colony can begin to form in as little as a day and can spread quickly throughout the building.

2. Dry the Building

Even if most of the water was removed, this doesn’t eliminate the problem entirely. Lingering moisture in the walls and flooring can contribute to mold growth, particularly in highly absorbent materials such as drywall, insulation and carpet. If you can, leave doors and windows open so air can circulate more easily. This will allow the building to dry more quickly. Dehumidifiers and fans can help as well.

3. Clean and Sanitize Thoroughly

Flood water can carry mold spores, chemicals, bacteria and other contaminants, so it is important to have your building thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. If it is not, it could contribute to more damage and health hazards later on. Mold spores that remain could easily turn into fungal growth with a small amount of moisture.
If you are concerned that a mold growth will form in your building or you think that you may already have one, you should contact a cleanup and restoration company. They will be able to inspect the building thoroughly to locate any mold and can remove it safely. These professionals can perform other repairs that you may need as well.

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