Identifying mold in a home after a flood

Floods are a natural disaster that can wreck havoc in your home once water recedes. Mold spores accumulate around your home and can affect the health of the home owners and inhabitants. To be on the safe side, as a home owner you will have to look for the warning signs of mold spores and take the recommended steps to remove the mold before it affects your family members.

Below are a few steps to help you identify and get rid of mold after a flood and save your home from the attributed damages. You can hire services from flood restoration service providers to help you with this.

Check your home

When a building is surrounded by flood water, regardless of the source of the flood water, ensure that you inspect and document the damages. Ensure that you check the buildings for any possible damages. The inspections are important for your safety as well as tax and insurance purposes. Before the physical assessment begins, eliminate gas, electrical and other hazards.

Now inspect the home and every other content. Note that you should dispose anything that is below the water, do not even repair them. You should also inspect materials above the flood water taking note of any odor, damage or discoloring.

Get it out of the building

Once you check the affected buildings, remove all the stagnant water using a pump or a wet vacuum remover. Work on all slabs, heating systems, crawlspaces and basements ensuring that you remove all the water inside and surrounding the building.

The next step is to remove any accumulated water in and around the wallboard materials including finished floors like carpets and hardwood. Check the insulation and other wet materials that lie below the flood water. Again, any materials that are damaged by the water should be removed. Keep a proper documentation of all the activities before, during and after the clean-up process.

The clean-up exercise begins

Vacuum-clean all the debris and soil first to give room for a more thorough cleaning on the other materials and surfaces. Always tightly attach a hose on the exhaust so that it collects all the debris spores and particles, hence leaving the place clean.

If after cleaning the mold spores are still visible, add another round of cleaning by scrubbing it off. It is important to take the right measures if there are young children, the elderly or sick people because the clean-up could affect them. Once you are done, dry it out completely and keep it dry, always.

These steps ensure that your home is dry and safe once again.