Flood water can do some devastating damage to your house. The destruction to your childhood home, the loss of belongings and emotional trauma are just too hard to handle. After such a disaster, everyone is left picking up the pieces of their house and life. In all this chaos, you forget one thing: mold.
Let’s assume that a flood hits your neighborhood. All the houses in the area were destroyed. The only problem most of the homeowners faced was the standing water in their house. Emergency cleaning services for flood water damage were called and after a few weeks, people were able to sleep in their homes again. The restoration crew did a spectacular job, but after a few months, you see moldy patches appearing on the floorboards and in the corners of the walls.
This is what we were talking about.
How Does Mold Grow?
Mold enters your house through open windows and doors, air conditioning and heating systems, and vents. You can even carry mold with you if you come into contact with an infested area. These microorganisms attach themselves to your clothing, bags and shoes. Even your pet is not safe!
Mold grows in moist areas, like around leaks in windows, pipes and roofs. Anything that comes into contact with water, such as ceiling tiles, cardboard, carpet, furniture, etc., is vulnerable to it.
Health Problems Because of Mold
Mold can cause minor, as well as major health problems, including a stuffy nose, coughing, sore throat, burning eyes, skin rash or wheezing, asthma and severe allergic reactions. People who have a weak immune system are at risk of developing chronic lung disease and other lung infections.
Ways to Clean and Prevent Mold
The best and safest way to clean mold after flood water damage is to call for professional remediation services. These people have special equipment that drains water from flooded areas and then use huge fans to dry the surface.
Mold smells a little musty and has a distinct odor. The patchy signs are a dead giveaway, but by the time they appear, the damage is already done. To make sure that mold doesn’t appear in the first place, dry wet areas immediately.
As for renovation after flood water damage, make sure that mold-resistant materials are used. This way, you won’t have to worry about future mold-causing water problems.
DIY Solution for Cleaning Mold
There are a number of ways to clean and prevent mold. You can use laundry detergent, soap, mold cleaners, etc., with water. However, the most effective DIY solution is bleach and water.
*Avoid using ammonia as it gives off toxic fumes.
Here’s how to use bleach for cleaning mold:
- Mix one cup bleach in one gallon of water
- Wear rubber gloves, rubber boots and goggles before you start cleaning
- Dip a mop in the bucket and start cleaning the surface (make sure that the mop has as little water as possible)
- Once the surface has been wiped, use a sponge to scrub the mold
- Wipe the surface again with the mop and then place a fan in front of it to dry the area
Bleach kills surface mold spores, which is why if you see mold spreading, call for professional cleaning services immediately. STOP Restoration is a cleaning and restoration company that offers mold remediation services in Boulder City, Summerlin, Whitney Ranch and many more areas. For emergency flood water damage cleaning, call S.T.O.P. at 702-803-3094.