Tips for Mold Prevention After A Flood

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Tips for Mold Prevention After A Flood

Lately, New Orleans and the surrounding areas have seen an increase in the frequency and intensity of thunderstorms. This increase in storms typically coincides with an increase in flooding events. Historically, hurricanes were the only weather events that generated such immense flooding. However, times are changing.

Flooding can result in damage to homes and businesses, and that damage can be costly financially and to a person’s health. One threat people should be concerned about in regards to flood damage is the growth of mold. Mold growth is not only dangerous to people’s health, but it can also escalate into a long-term household problem if not dealt with quickly after the floodwaters recede. Mold can begin to grow 24-48 hours after water exposure. Mold growth typically favors wood, drywall, ceiling tiles, carpet, and insulation. Mold growth can also create a number of health problems, such as nasal and sinus congestion, respiratory issues, cough, throat irritation, or sneezing fits.

There are many ways to rid a house of mold after a flood, but getting the affected areas dry as quickly as possible is the only way to prevent mold growth. Below are suggested tips to follow after flood damage:

  • Open windows, only if the outside is less humid. Remember, mold thrives on moisture in the air.
  • Remove affected items from the household as well as any porous material that may have gotten wet.
  • Make sure to clean any exposed surfaces with disinfectants.
  • Remove any saturated carpet. If this cannot be done right away, remove water with a wet/dry vacuum.
  • Utilize fans to circulate the air.
  • Reduce moisture content in the air with a dehumidifier. For small areas, a home and office dehumidifier will suffice. Larger spaces might require an industrial dehumidifier.

If mold has already infiltrated the damaged space, a commercial mold and mildew remover, washing soda, or a solution of bleach and water will usually eliminate the mold. Remember to always use caution when handling these types of chemicals.

Before a flood even occurs, consult with a flood insurance agent. Most homes in flood-prone areas are required to carry flood insurance. However, if you do not live in an area that requires it, you may want to consider purchasing it. A policy could be helpful covering the costs of flood damage, including mold growth that occurred as a result of the flood.

If you live in the New Orleans, Metairie, or Kenner areas, and are in need of a flood insurance policy, contact an experienced flood insurance agents at AWS. We’ll help you find the best policy to fit your needs.

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