High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

Mold In The Home: When To Call In The Professionals

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All homes are plagued with the occasional spot of mold in the cracks between shower tiles or on wet towels left on the floor for several days, but some homes have a far more serious mold problem. Minor cases of mold are just a nuisance, but in some cases mold can pose a health risk. Knowing when to call in the mold abatement professionals can be the difference between staying well and getting sick, but first understand exactly what mold is and how it forms:

Mold 101

Mold appears in your home when spores reproduce. The spores themselves are not detectable by the naked eye, but they do float around in the air inside your home. When the spores come into contact with moisture, the result is mold. While mold is a natural part of the human environment, it's best to keep it out of your home as much as possible, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Size of the Mold Growth

The size of the area that contains mold is one of the primary considerations when it comes to deciding whether to have a professional mold abatement company take care of your mold problem. Any area that's larger than 10 square feet, which is slightly less than a 3 feet by 3 feet area, should be cleaned by a professional mold removal company. While smaller areas can be cleaned by you, these larger areas might signal a bigger mold problem than you can safely handle alone.

Contact with Contaminated Water

Mold that grows after a natural disaster, such as a flood, tornado or hurricane, should be cleaned by mold professionals. Mold often grows after a natural disaster because the moisture and water involved is contaminated, which means it isn't safe for you to clean the mold yourself. If the mold in your home has occurred because of a broken pipe or sewage leak, you should call in the professionals to take care of it.

When Your Home Smells Musty

If you smell a musty odor, but can't detect the source of the problem, it could be that mold is growing in areas you can't see, such as behind wallpaper are on the drywall. If this is the case, always call a mold abatement specialist who can assess the extent of the problem and remove the mold from your home safely and effectively.

If You Feel Sick

In some cases, mold growth can cause symptoms such as breathing difficulties and wheezing not caused by anything else. If these are occurring for you or any of your family members, mold, particularly hidden mold, might be to blame. Don't go looking for the mold yourself because it might not be safe. Instead, have a mold specialist come to your home and do a formal assessment.

For more information, or if you need to know more, contact a mold remediation service to ask questions.

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5 January 2015