How to Prevent Mould Growth After Flood

There has been recent flooding in Brisbane because of severe thunderstorm. If you live in area that is exposed to such kind of severe weather, you may find your home damaged by water. If your home is flooded, there’s a good chance that it will end up with a mould problem. Although you’re in a race against the growth of mould, bacteria, and other contaminants, there are several steps you can take to prevent them growing after your home has been flooded.

Mould can grow in a home that has been flooded after just a day or two. It is, therefore, important to act quickly to prevent its growth after the onset of the flooding when it is already safe to do cleanup. Make sure to remove items that are not wet and put them in a dry place while you clean up your house.

Cut off the source of moisture

It is very important to cut off the source of moisture because mould thrives in a place where there is moisture, closed u areas where there is high humidity. Sometimes it is very easy to identify the source of moisture like a leak in the window but sometimes it can be harder to track, like leak in hidden areas.

Check out for any signs of moisture and/or stale smell then begin your work! In any event that you cannot identify the source yet you smell mould, then call our mould damage restoration specialist at All Aces Services to make an inspection to identify the location of the mould.

Remove flood water

Remove flood water as much as you can from your affected home. Although this task may call for help from a plumber or builder, what you can do as a homeowner is to use buckets and mops to extract water as long as it is safe to do so. Remove dirt, mud, and other debris that were swept into your house during the flood.

Dry out your home

Although drying your home can be best done by a professional restoration company like All Aces Services, you can initiate drying by using dehumidifiers, ventilators, and heaters as long as it is safe to use electrical appliances. Open your windows and doors to ventilate your house as long as the air outside your home is not humid.

Remove carpet and drywall

The padding of an affected carpet takes time to dry out so your carpet must be removed. Affected drywall may soon harbour growth, so it is important to cut away the affected drywall and dispose of it.

Kill mould

Although this is a challenging task, you can kill mould naturally by using natural light and wiping down all affected surfaces with a mixture of white vinegar and water.

Total mould removal can only be done effectively by a water damage restoration company like All Aces Cleaning & Restoration. If you have any concern about mould at home, call our restoration specialists today!

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