Preventing And Removing Mold after a Home Flood

by Claire on September 25, 2015

Damage from flooding can occur to more than just carpet or wood flooring. Flood water can cause all sorts of damage that many people don’t consider. One of these things is the growth of mold. Getting this mold removed can take a lot of time, and it can get expensive.

However, mold isn’t the only problems that can come from flooding, especially if you’re the victim of a huge flood. Some people are used to small floods that hit only a single part of their homes, such as the basement. This is usually easy to take care of by yourself as you just dry the floor or carpet and it’s done.

Home Flood

Serious flood damage can destroy many things of value to families. Not only that, there are some dangerous health issues that the whole family can be exposed to. That’s the reason you should never let water or items damaged from water just sit in your home for a long time. It’s vital that you get this cleaned up and remove any mold that developed as a result of the flooding.

The best way to do this is to contact a restoration company with the rights resources and tools to complete the job. When searching for a restoration company, find one that uses restoration management software to effectively keep track of the process and status of the restoration.

Floodwater can damage your home in several ways. These include:

  • Causing a bad smell: Flooding can cause sewers to overflow as well as carrying muddy creek water into your home. The odor from this is hideous and that’s how your house will smell until you’ve got it all cleaned. If your house develops this smell, it’s time for you and your family to get out of it. Breathing in this infected air can attack your lungs and your health. You may have to throw out some things; among them your water damaged carpet. Cleaning it may be possible, but if the odor remains, the carpet must go.
  • Dark spots on the walls: Flood water often stains the walls in a home by leaving a stain at the height it reached. This is particularly noticeable on wallpaper, and usually the wallpaper has to be replaced.
  • Damage to drywall, insulation and hardwood floors: You can expect this to happen along with other disasters like leaks and plumbing issues. This will cost you time and money to fix.

Those are just a few of the various ways that flooding can damage your home. Families have lost nearly everything in floods. So if you live in a flood area, be sure you’re properly insured. That can help you a bit financially.

Taking care of the water and dampness is essential. If the wet conditions are left for too long, mold starts growing. This is only an added expense to the rest of the cleanup processing. There’s also the chance that the mold from the water damage will be toxic. It’s always better to repair this damage quickly and be sure that you’re safe. The longer you put it off, the worse it will be.

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Removing Mold from Drywall

by Claire on August 17, 2015

Water is one of the great necessities of life. It can also be one of the most destructive forces you’ll ever encounter. Water can destroy property and land as well as take lives. People typically aren’t as afraid of water as they are of fire, but they need to understand that water can be just as destructive. It can cause serious water damage to a home or business, which can lead to mold growing. A common expense following water damage is to have mold removed from drywall.

Drywall replaced plaster as the most popular choice for finishing the inside of building walls. While builders could create interesting decorations and patterns in the plaster, this method required a lot of skill and careful planning. As drywall is easier to install, it eventually became more widely used than plaster. Drywall is also known by the names of sheetrock, gypsum and plasterboard. Anyone can learn how to complete a wall using drywall.

There are some types of drywall that comes with anti-mildew agents so you don’t have worry about it growing mold. Not all drywall is treated in this way, though. So when drywall gets infected with mold or mildew, cleaning it just isn’t possible. Areas that are damaged in this way must be cut out, disposed of and replaced. If this happens to you, be sure that the entire area is checked thoroughly for any more problems. Clean and disinfect well before you install the new drywall. Once you do this procedure, you will not want to repeat it.

Unless you’re experienced in replacing drywall, you might want to just hire a professional to do it. If you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, you could end up just making the problem worse. This isn’t the big home improvement project to take on if you’ve never done anything like this before.

It’s important to get to the bottom of what caused the water damage mold. Is there a leak in the wall or is there a roof leak that’s letting in rain? You must find the cause of the damage. If you don’t fix the main problem, you’ll simply have more damage.

If you’re unable to locate the source of the water damage, you should contact a professional. Either a plumber or home improvement specialist can inspect your home and locate any problem spots. In addition, they should be able to fix any leaks they find. It might cost you a bit of money but the long term affects will be worth it.

Water damage mold in your drywall is a frustrating experience. It totally ruins the wall and then you have to pay to remove the damaged part and replace it to be positive all of the mold is gone. This is going to cost time and money to accomplish. If the damage is done, you’ll need to fix it. However, if you spot a leak before mold has grown, fix the leak and dry out the area.