5 Tips to Prevent Mold After Water Damage

NY and NJ experienced a tremendous amount of rain this past week and it’s important to make sure that any water or flood damage is properly cleaned up. Even if your home did not flood, if you are in an area that saw flooding, your home could still be exposed to excess moisture that may lead to mold. Even just an inch of water in your basement could lead to mold buildup. As we discussed in an earlier blog about the health dangers of mold, mold can lead to health problems for you, your family and even your pets.

Here are 5 tips to prevent mold after water damage. The effectiveness of these tips will be determined, in part, by how long the water was in your home.

  1. This may seem obvious, but it doesn’t always happen. After water damage to your home, you want to immediately disconnect electronics in the affected area and move them to dry ground. Also, any pieces of furniture that can be moved out of the area should be moved immediately to a clean, dry place.
  2. Remove all carpeting including the padding. There is a possibility that your carpet can be saved with a good cleaning and heavy disinfecting, but that is not a definite.
  3. Now that heavy items and carpeting are gone, remove all of the water, down to the last drop.   If you have power, a heavy-duty shop vac is a great way to soak up floodwater. If you don’t have power or are worried about using electrical items, buckets, towels and mops will have to suffice. If the flooding is overwhelming, consider renting a sump pump from a local hardware store.
  4. Dry out the affected area thoroughly. This is so important. You don’t want to leave an ounce of moisture anywhere, if possible. Use fans (commercial fans are great) and a dehumidifier to speed the process.
  5. Disinfect, disinfect, disinfect! After the area has completely dried out (including wood beams, insulation, etc), use a heavy disinfectant in all areas. You also want to disinfect the furniture that was removed.

If you are able to successfully clean up your home after flood damage, you should schedule a mold inspection test within 30 days. Mold can start to grow after just a day or two so it’s important to act as quickly as possible and determine its presence.

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We have the experience and educational background to perform a thorough and complete Home Inspection. We offer an industry leading 100% satisfaction guarantee. Headquartered in Bergen County, NJ, we also serve the greater NY metro area.

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  • Licensed Home Inspector in NJ, NY & CT
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  • Certified IAQ2 for Mold & Certified Mold Assessor (NACHI)
  • State of Virginia Certified Mold Inspector 09/2011
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  • Over 35 years Field experience as a Licensed Contractor in NY

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