SERVPRO of South Bronx After Water Damage, Prevent Mold Growth Tips
Water damage is a devastating problem for home and business owners, not only due to the damage it can cause, but also because of the unique health hazards and risks it can present.
One of those dangerous risks is mold growth. There are many negative symptoms associated with mold exposure listed by the CDC, and the problem is exacerbated because of how quickly mold can begin growing.
If you’re concerned about mold growth after experiencing water damage, here are the steps you can take to help stop mold before it starts:
Before You Get Started
- Never re-enter your building before officials have deemed it safe and are sure all water has receded.
- Take photos and videos of damage throughout—including damage done to furniture and walls—for insurance claim purposes.
Drying Should Begin Right Away
- Weather permitting, open windows and doors to maximize airflow for as long as possible.
- Before the professional cleanup crew arrives, begin vacuuming with a heavy-duty, outdoor vacuum.
- Make use of fans, dehumidifiers and heaters to speed up drying time.
Items Exposed to Water Should Be Sorted
- Non-porous materials—such as metal, plastic and glass—can often be cleaned, disinfected and reused.
- Porous materials, such as wood, upholstery and paper of any kind, can trap mold and should be discarded.
- It is important to note that drying carpet will not necessarily remove mold spores if they’ve already begun to grow.
A Professional Should Always Be Consulted
Mold is commonly associated with discolorations and foul odors, but can often lurk unnoticed long before it is seen. In some cases, carpets can be salvaged after water damage, but experts typically recommend, at minimum, replacing the carpet pad.
While replacing the carpet pad alone is less costly than a full re-carpeting of the home, only a professional can determine if this is adequate enough to prevent mold from spreading.
If you’re worried about cleanup associated with water damage and preventing mold growth, SERVPRO® of South Bronx can help you restore your home back to normal.
SERVPRO of South Bronx Mold Remediation
Our mold remediation professionals recognize the growth of mold may stop, but the damage left behind remains. Unfortunately, the substance used to treat the mold aren’t magical and can’t restore the home to what it was before the fungus. SERVPRO of South Bronx does have a way to recover from a mold outbreak.
Mold remediation begins with us killing all of the mold with an antimicrobial chemical. This isn’t the end of the process, though. Further measures need to be taken in order to rid the home of mold. HEPA filters are used to rid the home of mold spores floating through the air. These spores cause the mold to relocate and begin to repopulate. Unless all the spores and mold are gone, the problem will just continue.
SERVPRO of South Bronx takes into consideration the different types of materials the mold may have contaminated. In other words, our experts wash the non-porous surfaces and educate you on the best course of action with the porous surfaces. You may have to rid your home of some of these items, but we take the necessary steps to help you rebuild and start over again without fungus. We may suggest having your air conditioner or air conditioning system professionally cleaned since a/c’s are notorious breeding grounds for mold.
We take the necessary steps to find the cause of the moisture in your home, which is the cause of the mold. Once we target it, we take the necessary steps to rid your home of the moisture. This prevents you from having to deal with the problem of mold once again after the cleaning takes place. Mold remediation requires many items in your home to be dried. This takes away one of the necessary components of mold growth, moisture. We even take the needed steps to look in crawl spaces and other areas of the home known for mold. These forgotten-about spaces have the potential to grow mold and spread it throughout your home, especially through your heating system. You must have all the spaces with mold in your home cleaned, or you’re repeatedly going to have to undergo the same process.
Once your materials have been removed from your home, we begin the process of rebuilding, so you don’t have to.
Mold remediation benefits your home in so many ways. In fact, mold remediation improves the appearance of your home since visible mold is unsightly. It can make a clean house look dirty. Plus, it’s known by a majority of people who enter your home what’s all over your walls. Not to mention, it improves the health of anyone who has asthma or an allergy to mold. Mold remediation benefits those who are immunocompromised as well.
SERVPRO of South Bronx offers our mold remediation clients a treatment unique to their needs. Each house is treated differently in order to truly rid the home of the problem. To learn more, you should contact our mold remediation professionals at 347-590-9902