No homeowner ever expects to experience flooding in their home, even after a heavy rain storm or from leaking plumbing. But floods and other means of water invasion can happen, and when it does happen, a lot of damage can occur beyond what the water may do to materials within your home. Often mold formation follows, damaging not only walls but your furniture and other items. However, there are steps you can take to prevent the encroachment of mold after water damage. This action will help to keep your family healthy since mold damage can have a serious detrimental affect on health.
Remove all damaged items from the affected areas
The most important task will be to dry any which may have been damaged or contaminated by water. You must first remove all wet or damp items where flooding has occurred. Move these items to a location where they can be properly dried and assessed for damage or salvage. Special care must be used in removing damaged items relying on electricity like lamps and electronic devices.
You can use towels to dry hard items which have been in standing water; other items may only need to dry at room temperature. You may also need to use fans to dry other items like furniture, rugs and carpeting. Just be sure to only use electrical sockets in dry areas. Rugs and upholstery items may require dry cleaning, or simply may be too damaged to salvage.
Mark the water level on walls
Once excess water has invaded your home, causing damage in its wake, you must now focus on the walls. Your home’s walls will be the first to suffer mold growth, so dealing with that issue is extremely important. The prevention of mold encroachment is important not only for the damage and unpleasant odor it causes, but also because its existence can cause serious health issues for all occupants of your home.
To help your restoration specialist assess the damage and design a game plan for dealing with the damage, be sure to mark the water levels. You can use a marker (like a Sharpie), chalk or painter’s tape to mark where the water damage begins. Doing this will help the professionals to decide what materials need to be replaced and what can be saved. This will save you money in repair costs as well allow the professionals to work quickly, preventing mold growth.