Preventing And Removing Mold after a Home Flood

by Claire on November 25, 2011

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

Home Flood

More serious flood damage can erase 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.

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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C.GEORGE PRODRICK February 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Our house which is detached and about 2000 square feet has been flooded with burst water in roof space . T0 date 10 days after leak carpets in main room removed but our double bed in adjacent room is still very damp and we have considerable black mould growth around the house even though our insures assistants have installed 2 dehumidifiers and 6 fans . Should we return home , I am 70 my wife 65 have you any advice for us .
With best regards
George Prodrick

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