Flooding and Mold Removal

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As snow has turned to rain in much of the country, it is time to toss our snow shovels into the garage for a while and get down to the business of dealing with rain. In some areas, heavy rainfall has already become a huge problem, filling rivers beyond what their banks can hold and causing the flooding of homes and businesses. Since flooding is unfortunately a frequent occurrence for many people who live near bodies of water with the ability to top their banks, lots of times people have acclimated to this in order to survive. This can mean living in elevated houses, such as those on stilts, or having a boat to get to and from the house for especially wet times. Even then, however, the best laid plans can go awry, leaving you with water in places you'd rather it not be.


When water is able to gain access to your home, the aftermath can be hard to bear. In addition to contents being ruined, things such as cabinets, drywall, insulation, and flooring will be a loss as well. Once mold is given an opportunity to set in, all you can really do is bear down and prepare to start over. Moldy items will in large part need to be throw away and structural mold treated as a means of returning your home to its former self with replacement materials.


Mold removal can be easier said than done, especially in the form of carpet. Ridding carpet of mold is next to impossible and truly not worth the effort. Carpet also has somewhat of an ability to disguise mold depending on the color of the carpet. I personally lived in a house that was damaged by hurricane Katrina and had the unpleasant experience of moldy carpet. I knew something was off and could smell it, but it took a while to pinpoint the source, which turned out to be a moldy carpet. Suffice to say, if mold has infiltrated your carpet then your carpet must go. Drywall is much the same in that if it got wet, it needs to get out. The studs beneath it, however, may be salvaged.


Once your flooded home has been stripped down to the bare bones, the real cleanup work can begin. It does not end with carpet and drywall removal; once the interior has fully dried, it then must be cleaned. The exposed areas that were under the carpet and behind drywall need to be treated as well for mold growth to not recur. Depending on the condition of the rest of your home, you could opt to pressure wash gutted homes with a mold-killing solution. If your home still has some drywall that was salvageable, adding more water to the home is not an option and alternative treatment means will have to be sought. After cleaning efforts have been made, using a dehumidifier can help with keeping your home dry and preventing future mold growth opportunities while you rebuild.


Once your home interior has been treated for mold and new materials put in place, life can slowly return to normal. Replacement furniture can be added and soon moving back in will become a reality. Something to keep in mind is that flood losses can be devastating, but loss of life is more so. If you live in a flood prone area, remain vigilant about any dangerous weather that might come your way. Preserving the life if your home is important, but your own life and that of your family is even more so.

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