After an event as tragic as having your home flooded, there are undoubtedly a slew of thoughts and concerns running around in your mind that it can be hard to keep a steady head.  

It’s already hard enough to prioritize what needs to be done first, but things can be made even worse when you realize it’s a race against the clock to ensure the problem doesn’t grow exponentially. House floods bring immense amounts of wetness and water damage to your property, and if left unchecked, these areas will eventually grow the one thing that loves moisture the most: mold.  

Thankfully, you don’t need to panic. Here are some easy ways to prevent mold growth after a flood so you can rest easy knowing the situation won’t spiral even more out of control than it may already be: 

Dry Everything 

The process may be taxing, but drying everything down is necessary if you don’t want mold to present any problems now or down the road, and it’s most important in small pockets of your home that might harbor moisture. Even the smallest cracks and crannies can become the sites of full-blown mold problems. 

You may also want to manually dry parts of your home, like cupboards and appliances, so you can visually confirm that each section of your home is dry. 

Remove What Won’t Dry 

Some of your home will be unsalvageable; it’s simply an unavoidable reality after a house flood. That said, the biggest area of concern, if you’re worried about mold, is your carpeting; while some methods to dry your carpet can work relatively well, the flooring pad will never dry completely, which means you’ll still need to remove part of it. 

Furthermore, if it’s waterlogged, your carpet might not be the only thing you have to part with; as difficult as it can be, removing wet belongings from your home is a surefire way to prevent mold growth. 

Ventilate Wall Materials 

You usually won’t have to remove entire parts of your wall to prevent mold from growing, but if it is already wet, you must find a way to ventilate it; forgoing ventilation means mold will be given the perfect environment to grow unbothered and undetected. 

Start by cutting away saturated wall materials, like insulation. You can replace any of these with new dry materials, provided everything surrounding it is sufficiently dry. You should also remove wet baseboards and add slits to drywall, as they will allow any moisture to evaporate, thus maintaining the integrity of the drywall and mitigating the chance of water damage. 

Lower the Humidity 

Even if you do everything else right, high humidity in a home devastated by a flood will be a one-step forward, two-steps-back situation. Higher humidity levels make it easier for mold spores to spread throughout your home and encourage them to grow faster. 

You can prevent that by investing in a dehumidifier and keeping your home ventilated with proper airflow. Whatever you can do to keep the humidity levels in your home low during the restoration process will make any potential issues with mold much less likely. 

Clean and Disinfect 

The water from the flood is likely highly contaminated, so wash, scrub, and thoroughly dry as much of your home as you can with disinfectants and sanitizers. 

Isolate and Remove Mold 

If you have mold on your mind following a flood, do a quick once-over of your home and see if any areas or objects show noticeable growth. 

Depending on how things are progressing with your restoration efforts, parts of your home might have already succumbed to mold. The best way to handle things is to isolate the object to prevent it from contaminating anything else in your home. If the mold growth is in a porous object, there’s probably no saving it, and it’s easier to throw it out.  

Professional Mold Remediation for Natural Disasters 

Along with the tips above, you can work to prevent and handle any mold problems that arise from flooding or water damage, keep your restoration on track, and get your life back to normal. 

That can be a big ask for some homeowners, especially if their home already has a mold issue, but you don’t have to feel frustrated and alone dealing with the stress of a house flood. You can always leave the mold cleanup to remediation professionals, giving you more time to handle other restoration tasks and making it more likely that the mold won’t grow back. 

If you’ve recently discovered mold in your living space or worry that moisture issues might escalate into a mold problem, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Palmetto Environmental Solutions for guidance today. 

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