Flooding in your home can happen for a variety of reasons including hurricanes, plumbing issues, and heavy rains. When this happens, your home has the potential to experience flooding, which is never a good thing. Flooding can turn your home into one that is filled with health hazards, such as asthma and allergies. Even worse, your home could experience a mold outbreak. Before it gets to this severe stage, there are a few things that you can do within 24-48 hours of flooding that will help prevent that from happening.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, if flooding is confined to areas of 10 square feet or less, scrubbing the affected area with water and detergent should reduce your chances of mold outbreak. However, if there is flooding from dirty water, you will want to call in an expert cleaning service right away. There are ways to prevent mold after a flood.
Safety Comes First
You want to make sure to take care of mold safely and properly. You never want to expose yourself to mold exposure and bleach if you have respiratory problems or other health issues. This could be extremely dangerous for your health. Otherwise, if you don’t have any serious health problems and are able to clean up some of that mold yourself, here are some tips to follow.
- Always wear protective gear when cleaning up (ex. gloves, goggles, and shoes).
- As soon as you are able to clear out the flood, dry the area as quickly as possible and keep all windows and doors open to assist in drying. You can also use a dehumidifier.
- Use bleach and detergent to clean walls, floors, and other large items that can’t be moved.
- If your heating or air conditioner units were affected, do not turn it on. Call an HVAC professional to properly inspect the unit.
We Can Help You Prevent Mold After a Flood
You can also call a professional to help prevent mold after a flood. If you experienced flooding and would rather have a professional come out to inspect your home or business, Green Home Air is the team you can trust. We know how intimidating and stressful it can be dealing with flooding, and then trying to prevent mold. This is why we have trained professionals to help you to properly get your space back to a safe environment. If your home has already been affected by a mold outbreak, we also have the tools and services to clean that up. Our quality work will have you feeling comfortable in your home once again. Call us today to schedule an appointment.