Staying Ahead of Mold Damage After a Flood in New Castle
Did you know that within 24 to 48 hours, mold can begin to grow in flood-affected areas? Mold grows quickly when there is standing water, and even without mold, you have to worry about the proliferation of bacteria in standing water and gray water. To get ahead of mold damage, you need a reactive, responsive plan for restoring your property.
Don’t delay cleaning up after a flood. In particular, don’t delay cleaning up water. Mold growth depends on water, and without moisture, it will have nothing to feed on. Make water removal your first step in your cleanup plan, and initiate removal as soon as your property is safe to enter.
You may be tempted to try milder methods, wait, and then try something more aggressive. By that time, mold will have already had a chance to set in and will be even harder to get rid of. Use the most effective methods first. As long as you aren’t damaging the interior of your property, you’re better off going in with stronger cleansers and cleaning equipment.
Don’t leave a single corner untouched. Mold thrives in nooks and crevices, where it’s undetected and out of the sunlight. Check every last crack.
No matter how worried you are about mold growth, be safe when handling your flood restoration and cleaning. If you don’t trust yourself to handle the equipment and chemicals needed to appropriately siphon away water and eliminate mold, contact professionals or enlist help from others. Always work in a well-ventilated place, wear protective gear, and avoid contact with hazardous substances, black water, sharp edges, or exposed electrical wires. Follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.
Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.
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