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The Woodlands and Conroe Home Health: Preventing Mold is Much Easier (and Safer!) Than Removing Mold

4/21/2016 (Permalink)

 Large quantities of mold growth may cause nuisance odors and health effects for some people.

Don’t let a leaky roof, an overflowing dishwasher, a burst water pipe, storm damage, or sewage backup cause a mold infestation in your home. Did you know that mold can start developing in as little as 48 hours after water damage in your Conroe or The Woodlands home? Because of our naturally humid environment in the greater metropolitan Houston area, it is vital to prevent mold before it starts to grow. Calling on SERVPRO of The Woodlands and Conroe for mold remediationguarantees that proper techniques and equipment will be utilized to clean, disinfect, dry, and dehumidify the property, resulting in the best prevention against mold growth. And preventing mold growth right the first time will save you time and money.

Two Easy Steps to Help Prevent Mold Growth

First, determine the type of water that caused the damage. Is it clean water from a broken pipe or overflowing washing machine? Is it sewage-tainted water? Is it from a flash flood or another water source that potentially harbors chemicals or bacteria? If it is clean water, you can proceed with the cleanup and restoration process. However, if it is from another source, it is vital that you contact a professional emergency response team that specializes in flood damage restoration. Damage caused from dirty water, also called gray or black water,  needs to be cleaned up with care. Protective clothing, respirators, boots with steel shanks, rubber gloves, and goggles need to be worn at all times to prevent direct contact with the tainted water.

Second, it is important to determine the level and extent of the damage to your home. As a general rule, if more than one room has been affected, call a professional restoration team. Remember, DIY projects always take longer than anticipated, and time is of the essence to prevent mold growth. If water has touched the HVAC system or has gotten into your ventilation system, SERVPRO can quickly respond and correct the damage. Mold spores spread through the air, and when mold is allowed to grow in your air ducts from moisture or standing water, it can spread throughout your home fast.

If the water damage is not extensive, these are steps to take to prevent mold growth

1.      Remove items saturated by water to an area with good air circulation.

2.      Clean hard surfaces thoroughly with detergent.

3.      Dry surfaces and items thoroughly by hand, and use a fan to circulate fresh, dry air.

4.      Dehumidify the space by running your air conditioner, using fans, and opening windows, if weather permits.

5.      Remove water from carpets and padding with a wet/dry vac. It is important that all water is extracted to prevent damage to the subfloor, and to prevent mold growth.

6.      Allow 3-5 days for the dehumidifying process, running fans, air conditioner, and dehumidifiers 24 hours a day. While items may seem dry to the touch, humidity levels will still be high in the property, making mold growth more likely.

When dealing with  water damage cleanup, the CDC recommends long pants, long-sleeved shirts, watertight boots, and protective eye wear.(1) For more information on the supplies necessary to make the process safe, read “14 Must-Have Supplies to Safely Remove Mold from Your Home” (link). While the article addresses mold removal, the personal safety equipment mentioned is recommended for water damage cleanup as well.

To prevent mold, proper cleanup needs to be completed as quickly as possible; if you are not able to do it on your own, call you locally owned and operated SERVPRO of The Woodlands. We are faster to any size disaster, and are able to respond whenever water damages your home.

Resources:

Centers for Disease Control:  Storm, Flood, and Hurricane Response. Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing for Flood Cleanup

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