Tips for Cleaning Up Water Damage Mold

by Claire on March 28, 2015

Flood damage costs home and business owners millions of dollars every year in the United States. This shows that flooding can truly be just as devastating as fires in a lot of instances. While going through a major flood is frightening and upsetting, handling what comes after is just as bad. When you experience major flooding, mold from water damage is just one of your worries.

Important things to deal with following a flood include:

  • Leave your home after a bad flood: You don’t need to be in an environment if it’s wet and muddy especially if the floodwater entered your home from the outdoors. It can contain such toxins as feces as well as poisonous snakes. Be very careful when you enter your home as the water can damage the house’s foundation making it an unsafe structure. The water coming from your pipes can also be problematic. In fact, you may want to get a professional to check out your home before you enter it to ensure its safety.
  • Contact your insurance company: Hopefully, you’ve got flood insurance. Examine your policy to see what your coverage includes. Don’t touch or move anything until you’ve spoken with your insurance agent. Your damages must be viewed and assessed before they can determine what they’ll pay for. Don’t begin any major cleaning until the insurance company has seen the damage.
  • Get your house dry: Since mold thrives in wet places, you need to get your house dry as soon as possible. If you don’t, the next task you’ll be performing is mold removal. Clean and disinfect all areas of your home. You can use either a commercial or homemade disinfectant to do this. Open all windows for ventilation as you clean. If there’s too much work for you, contact a professional mold removal company.
  • Protect your home from future flood damage: If your home has flooded once, it can happen again. Be ready for future floods by having an evacuation plan along with a food and water storage plan. For flooding caused by leaking pipes or water coming into the basement, get the initial problem fixed. Have your roof inspected and maintained by Feller Roofing to prevent future damage.
  • Be insured: If you live in a high flood area, you need to get flood insurance. This isn’t a coverage automatically included in a policy. It requires an extra premium, which can be pretty high if you live in a flood prone area. However, the price is worth it to be able to repair your home following a flood.
  • Get any mold removed quickly: Getting your home dry and clean as fast as possible should keep mold from growing. However, if mold does form, it’s imperative that you remove it immediately. Do some serious checking for it because it can be there even if you don’t spot it instantly. If you find it, remove it fast.

When you follow these suggestions, you can protect your home from developing a serious mold problem even if you live in a flood zone.

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