How to Remove Odors After Flooding
Flooding can cause unpleasant odors. The main culprit is mold, which creates musty odors that permeate your entire building. If the floodwater results in sewage loss within your building’s septic system, the smells will be even worse. The best way to remove these odors is to hire a professional water damage remediation company. Here’s what you can expect during the process.
Dry the Flooded Area
Any standing water will need to be extracted first. For the remaining dampness, professionals will bring in heavy-duty floor fans to promote air circulation to aid in the drying process. It is also a good idea to keep the windows open during this process and for several hours afterward. Dehumidifiers can also help with removing moisture from the air.
Take Note of Lingering Odors
As part of the water damage restoration process, professionals will remove items too badly damaged from mold growth to remedy. This can include panels of drywall or flooring. This should help with getting rid of some of the odor, but you need to pay attention after the crew leaves because certain smells may remain. Spread baking soda over the flooring and vacuum it up the next day to take care of some odors. In the event nothing else works, you should contact the certified cleaning and restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle to schedule an inspection of your property for visible signs of mold.
Enhance Overall Air Quality
Indoor air quality is critical to people’s well being. You should replace furnace and air filters once every three months. You may also want to acquire a high-efficiency particulate air filter to remove substances that have entered the air through floodwater. Mold growth can lead to serious health complications, so if you smell something, act fast. Always allow a professional company to address any odors first before handling it yourself, because the wrong step could exacerbate the underlying problem.
What To Do Until Help Arrives If You See Signs of Mold
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle for mold remediation services.
Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.
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