who experience even a small amount of water seeping into
their homes either from flooding or a broken pipe should
be concerned about mold.
doesnít take much water for mold to grow and do a lot
it needs is a little moisture and a little dark space,
and it can grow so quickly," contractor Danny
Lipford tells KTRK-TV in Houston.
who experience a double whammy of flooding and power
outages from spring or summer storms are especially
susceptible to mold growth.
situations can create warm, dark and humid environments
ó conditions in which mold and mildew thrive.
can be there, and you wonít know it at all," says
Lipford, who owns Lipford Construction in Mobile, Ala.,
"Especially very porous materials ó carpet,
carpet pad and insulation thatís in walls."
sooner you start cleaning up after water damage, the
sooner you can stop mold from growing under your carpet.
tools are simple: fans, bleach and cleaners.
Cross officials say many homeowners can get rid of the
mold just fine after a flood, but it will require a bit
of elbow grease.
mainly a matter of scrubbing," says Ken Garcia with
the Red Cross Tulsa chapter. "Itís kind of
getting down on your hands and knees and really
to mold can cause health problems for some people by
irritating the nose, eyes throat or lungs. Breathing
airborne mold may trigger symptoms in those with hay
fever, asthma and allergies.
best way to keep mold from spreading is to act fast when
you know water is present. If you follow these six steps
from Ayoub Carpet Service in Chantilly, Va., you should
stay mold free.
Remove water as quickly as possible
a wet/dry vacuum to clean up as much water as soon as
possible. These machines are the most effective tools
for removing water and can be rented or provided by
water- and smoke-damage remediation companies that
specialize in repairing residential flood damage.
Use fans to speed up carpet-drying process
can take several days for fans to completely dry a
water-damaged area. The good news is that they also help
circulate fresh air.
you think itís all nice and dry inside, itís
not," Lipford adds. "Keep the fans going 24
hours a day for at least another week or so."
can rent high-power drying fans from local home
improvement stores with tool rental service.
Use a dehumidfier to dry out the room
machines remove excessive moisture, which makes the air
feel cooler and limits mold and mildew growth. Any
equipment that helps dry out the air and the ground will
speed up the drying time for your damaged floors and
Steam clean carpet and flooring
clean all carpets to properly sanitize and deodorize.
Typically, water-damaged carpet padding must be
just the padding is much less expensive than having to
re-carpet your entire home.
Sanitize walls and baseboards
touched by storm water should be sanitized. Clean all
walls, hard-surface floors and other household surfaces
with soap and water.
them with a solution of 1.5 cups of chlorine bleach to
one gallon of water. Remember to wear rubber gloves
for water damage and remove furniture from wet flooring.
damage can easily be hidden underneath rugs or carpet,
so be sure to give your home a thorough inspection if
you suspect water damage.
water-soaked carpets and floors is difficult under any
conditions, but in the aftermath of a storm or flood,
contamination by mud, silt, sewage and mildew, can
compound the problem. The Institute for Inspection
Cleaning and Restoration Certification recommends that
in such cases, a certified mold restoration service
provider should evaluate water damage and remove mold.