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Mold Growth After Flooding

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth in Houston, TX is always concerning because once it starts, without intervention, it is going to continue and become a much bigger problem. Excessive moisture in any area of your home can result in this issue. Of course, when there is standing water and bacteria is present, it can exacerbate the growth. Knowing more about mold and how to take care of it is the first step in protecting your home.

Getting Rid of Mold in Your Home:

Once mold growth has begun, it is important to get it taken care of immediately. Following a flood, you should have your home inspected to see if mold is present. The following steps are most often taken to tackle this problem:

  • Utilize the proper safety gear and equipment
  • Assess the space to determine the work that needs to be done
  • Start the contamination control process to prevent spreading the mold and cross-contamination
  • Source the mold and then physically get it removed
  • Alleviate the moisture in the space so that a future outbreak does not happen

Preventing Future Mold Growth:

The first step in prevention is making sure that all flood damage was properly cleaned and repaired. Then, ensure that the moisture levels in your home are kept to a minimum. If you suspect the source of the flooding is from something like a leaking pipe, quickly get it fixed so that it has a low chance of causing mold. Make sure that the ventilation in your home is sufficient, and consider using mold resistant products. It is also important to make sure that rainwater is directed away from your home to alleviate the risk of future flooding.

Mold growth can quickly become a major problem. Following a flood, it can start to grow in just 24 to 48 hours, so it is important for homeowners to act quickly in getting it taken care of. Once it is eliminated, take precautions to prevent future issues.

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