If your home or business has recently flooded and water entered your home, it is important to dry it out as soon as possible. This will eliminate the chance of mold and mildew making an unwanted appearance on your property, whether it is interior or exterior. These steps can help you prevent a mold or mildew infestation:
– If you have electricity in the building and a professional electrician has stated that it is safe to turn it on, you can use a “wet dry” shop vacuum, the vacuum function of a carpet steam cleaner, an electrical water transfer pump, or a sump pump to remove any standing water. If you happen to be operating in wet areas, make sure to wear rubber boots.
– If you don’t have electricity or the electrician determines it isn’t safe to turn it on, you may use a portable generator to power the equipment that is used to remove standing water. If you are using a gasoline powered pump or any other gasoline powered appliance, do not operate the machinery inside of your home, garage, porch, or any other enclosed space. This can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide in the home.
– If weather is permitting, you should open your windows and doors to help with the drying-out process.
– It is also a smart idea to use fans and dehumidifiers to remove any lingering, excess, moisture. Any fans should be placed by a window or door so that they can blow the air outside rather than inside, as this will help protect against the mold infesting other areas if it is present.
– Have your HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning) system checked and cleaned by a professional in the field who has experience in mold remediation before you turn it on. If this system was in fact flooded by water, turning on the HVAC will spread mold throughout the household. A professional in the field can clean and kill the mold, therefore preventing any further mold growth. When these professionals determine that the system is clean and it is safe, you can turn on your HVAC and it should help remove more moisture from the home.
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– Prevent any outdoor water from re-entering your home. An example would be rain water from the gutters or roof draining away from the house. The ground surrounding the home should slope away from the house to keep the basement and/or crawl spaces dry and mold free.
– Also, ensure that the crawl spaces and basements have proper drainage to limit any water seepage from occurring. Ventilating the area is recommended so that the area can dry out.