Mold Damage Cleanup After Flooding
Mold damage can be a real problem in Tulsa, and you want to make sure you have an experienced mold damage cleanup crew so your home can be restored to its former glory. Tulsa is located on the Arkansas River in a region known for aggressive storms, so residents are familiar with flooding. While mold rarely affects people’s health beyond aggravating allergy symptoms, heavy mold damage can compromise the structural integrity of your home. Your home will be dirty and wet for days after a flood, so unless the flood damage is addressed immediately, mold can easily spread.
After the Flood
When the water levels have normalized and you can move back into your home, you need to dry out the house immediately. Depending on the time of year, open all of the windows and turn up the heat. The heat will dry the structural materials. Use space heaters in your basement (if you have one) and corners to speed drying. The Red Cross will often supply homeowners with post-flood cleanup kits that include mops and safe cleaning chemicals. These are especially useful when water damage is considerable, and you are trying to prevent mold damage in your home.
Restoring Your Home
You must begin drying your home as quickly as possible. If your house has flooded, the spore colonies may be anywhere. Check your carpeting, ceilings, drywall, plaster, corners, kitchens, bathrooms, and dark, damp areas of the home. Look for new paint bubbles, circular spots, or dark markings near water collection areas. Dehumidifiers should be set at 40% or below and running continuously until your home is dry.
If mold gets a foothold in your home after a flood, you will notice after a few days. The mold spores will be visible and you’ll notice a pungent smell. Mold varies in smell by species, but most have a distinct, musty odor. Spores will likely be green or black, and may smell different when wet. Mold growth begins as spots, which gradually increase and merge into one, large colony.
Clean surface growth with proper chemicals using gloves and a ventilator. Sand and wash any surfaces that need to be repainted. Purchase a paint that offers mold-protection capabilities to inhibit future growth.
Let Assurance Restoration Eradicate Your Mold Problem
Major flooding is often more than customers are able to handle. Consider contacting a company that specializes in home and mold damage repair. After home flooding, homeowners are overwhelmed trying to sort through old possessions and repair their homes. Assurance Restoration can scour every surface for new spore colonies, assist with cleanup, and properly replace damaged building materials. If you live in Tulsa and are suspicious of possible mold damage in your home or business, the mold damage cleanup experts at Assurance Restoration can help! We give FREE estimates and can provide feedback on how to properly eradicate mold — no matter how bad you think it is!
Call us today at 918-295-8400 or request a consultation and mold inspection online.