Mold Remediation Steps That Are Needed After A Flood In Your House

If your home has been flooded by a broken water pipe or excessive rain, you'll want to monitor your home for mold. Mold spores are always in the air, and they circulate through your house. If they find dampness and a food source, the spores can thrive and spread.

In just a couple of days after a flood, your home could have a bad case of mold, and that makes restoring your home more difficult. Here are some tips for mold remediation after a flood.

Stop The Mold From Spreading

The mold remediation company may try to stop the spread of mold through your home if possible. This could involve shutting off your HVAC, opening windows, creating a negative pressure system in the affected area, and putting up plastic sheets to keep the mold from wafting to another room.

Dry Out Your Home

Whether your entire home was flooded or just a single room, the area has to be dried out or mold will keep coming back once it's removed. The company may need to pump water out of the house or use a wet vac to get rid of visible and hidden water. Then, they may need to take soaked materials from the house to get rid of excess moisture and humidity. After that, the company may set up floor dryers and dehumidifiers to dry out the air in your home.

Find And Remove Mold

Finding all the mold is important or the spores and musty odors will linger. Your health might even be affected. Mold might be growing in the HVAC ducts, under flooring, behind wallpaper, and other hidden areas. In addition to finding all the mold locations, you and the contractor need to figure out what you'll throw out and what you'll try to save.

If the water came in from outside, the contractor may recommend throwing out the sofa, carpet, and porous materials. Hard surfaces can be cleaned and disinfected. The contractor may need to remove drywall and other building materials if they are covered with mold.

Mold remediation removes a large part of the mold, but since mold spores will continue to waft in from outside, your home is never truly free from mold. However, if your home is dry, mold can't thrive and spread. That's why it's essential to dry out your house as part of your mold remediation plan.

A contractor with experience in mold remediation is a big help when you're cleaning up after a flood. Working with a professional keeps you safe and lowers your risk of having ongoing mold problems in your home. 

Contact a company like Execuclean Restoration for more information.