After water damage to your home, it is important to take immediate steps to prevent mold growth. Here are five steps that are recommended from the Healthy House Initiative (HHI) and The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration and Certification (IICRC) and are considered best practices for preventing mold growth.
Step One: After eliminating any safety hazards to the property (i.e., electrical, gas, structural), assess physical damage to the building and contents. The general rule of thumb is that everything below the water line gets thrown out and everything above the water line should be inspected for discoloration, odor and damage.
Step Two: Extract standing water with a pump or wet vacuum anywhere water is standing, including basements, crawlspaces, and heating systems. Remove all wet materials that are below the water line, including drywall, carpet, hardwood, vinyl flooring, and insulation. Also, remove all water damaged contents, making sure to document every item removed.
Step Three: Vacuum up loose debris and soil with a HEPA vacuum preferably, or a wet/dry vacuum. Clean framing and all surfaces with detergent and clean water. If mold is found during this step, an IICRC Certified restoration company, such as All Dry Water Damage Experts, should be contacted to remediate the mold immediately as mold is linked to various health problems, especially in infants, elderly and those who have immune deficiencies. After use of detergent, all surfaces should be wiped with a bleach/water sanitizer, then wiped with clean water.
Step Four: The goal is to try to get all surfaces dry within 24 to 48 hours from the completion of cleaning and sanitizing. This can be done by directing warm, dry air across the wet surfaces, however, it is critical that this airflow is exhausted outside or collected using dehumidification equipment. Restoration companies, such as All Dry, when called to service for floods, water damage, or mold have moisture detection meters and monitoring systems that can identify any hidden moisture that may be present behind building materials, floors, and walls. All Dry Water Damage Experts can bring in the necessary equipment and skilled technicians to make sure the job is done according to standards.
Step Five: Keep your house dry since excess mold and moisture will damage the structure of your home. Try to keep indoor humidity below 50 percent. Use a water-sensing alarm near washers, hot water heaters and other potential wet zones to alert you to excess moisture.
The prevention of mold is critical to your family’s health. If you suspect you may have mold or you need help in preventing mold according to the standards set by the IICRC, please contact All Dry Water Damage Experts immediately.