A flood in the house is not something any homeowner wants, and most of the people who experience a flood simply aren’t prepared for it. However, you don’t have to let standing water be a major issue in your home, and you don’t have to let mold growth ruin everything inside your house.
If you’ve recently experienced a flood or just want to learn how to protect your home for the upcoming rainy season, use these tips to keep mold away, even when the worst happens.
Remove Damaged Items
The first thing you need to do when you have water damage in your home, is to remove anything that is wet and take it outside or to a covered area to dry. Everything from rugs to upholstered furniture and accessories like lamps should be removed.
Hard items that can be dried with towels should be dealt with immediately to avoid standing water from damaging them. Other items should simply be allowed to dry at room temperature.
Rugs and upholstery will eventually need to be dry cleaned or discarded based on how bad the water damage is.
Mark the Walls
After water damage occurs in your home, the walls are one of the most difficult parts to deal with. Additionally, they are also the area of your home that is mostly likely to grow mold and become an actual health hazard to you and your family.
When your home has flooded, mark your walls with a marker, piece of dark chalk or painters tape to denote how far the water came up the wall. You’ll still need a professional restoration service provider to look at your walls, and some parts may need to be removed, but marking them will help keep extra work from being done on walls that weren’t affected.
Robert Matheka is the Owner of Kala Construction Inc.., a leading water damage repairs. and restoration services provider in Ontario, CA. Our services include extraction of water and drying out the structure by using special extraction equipment, air movers, and dehumidification equipment to restore your property back to normal after a disaster.