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Preventing Mold Growth After a Flood

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flood cut performed in a home after flood damage Water removed in a Centennial, CO home

Flooding can cause many problems, including mold growth, for your Centennial, CO, home. Fortunately, you may be able to prevent a mold infestation if you act quickly.

Preventing Mold Colonization After a Flood

Standing water can lead to a mold infestation in as few as 24 to 48 hours, so it is important to act quickly. The following steps outline best practices for preventing mold after a flood:

  • Remove all standing water.
  • Dry out remaining water.
  • Sanitize all affected items.
  • Replace anything that cannot be fully dried and cleaned.

Depending on the amount of standing water present, you may need a special pump or vacuum to remove the water. To dry out any remaining water, you will likely need a dehumidifier or fan. If the humidity outside is low, you can also open windows and doors to speed the drying process. After everything is dry, you will need to disinfect all affected items. Depending on the material, you may be able to use diluted bleach or a commercial cleaning solution. Anything that cannot be fully cleaned and dried should be discarded to prevent mold growth from spreading to clean areas.

Items That Cannot Be Salvaged

Unfortunately, most flood water (excluding clean water flooding, such as from a pipe break) harbors dangerous bacteria. Many items cannot be fully cleaned after they have come into contact with dirty flood water. Porous items such as the following need to be discarded if they are affected by a flood:

  • stuffed toys
  • carpet
  • insulation
  • linens
  • upholstered items

These and other absorbent materials should be thrown out as soon as possible. Hard-surface items, however, may be cleaned with disinfectants and detergents. Be sure to fully dry these items after sanitizing them.
Cleanup after a flood can be a daunting task, especially if your home experiences mold growth from the flood water. Fortunately, an experienced restoration team can assist you with mold removal, property dry-out and all other aspects of the flood restoration process.

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