With parts of the country receiving large amounts of rain in a short period of time causing flash flooding we thought we’d share some tips from our friends at Green Home Solutions on how to reduce the risk of mold after a flooding event.
Reduce Your Risk
Step 1| Remove Water
Remove any standing water. It is a health hazard anywhere in the building. This can be done using a water pump.
Step 2| Remove Moisture
The next step in the process is a combination of extraction, drying, and dehumidification to remove trapped moisture.
Health Risks of Mold can be serious: Allergies, neural and respiratory diseases as well as chronic conditions such as asthma, neurological conditions or eye infections.
Tips to Save Your Property
Tip 1| The quicker a property is dried out, the more materials and contents can be saved.
Tip 2| Any handling of mold-contaminated materials should be done with personal protective equipment such as gloves, eye protection and masks.
Tip 3| How to handle various materials damaged by flood water
- Any porous or consumable item that has come into contact with flood water will need to be disposed of properly. This includes cardboard, carpet, padding, stuffed animals, upholstered furnishings, mattresses, box springs, and paper products including books and magazines.
- Food and clothing items that have been in contact or stored in areas with contaminated water or mold should be thrown away.
- Materials that have a solid surface such as plastic, glass or metal should be cleaned and disinfected. Soap and water is a simple, yet effective cleaning method.
- Appliances that have been exposed to water or mold will need to be replaced. Appliances that have mold exposure but have not been underwater may be saved with a professional cleaning.
- Forced air furnaces can distribute mold throughout an entire home. Furnaces and duct work should be cleaned as a part of any professional mold remediation process.
Be Aware of Fraudulent Contractors
When an area gets hit with widespread flooding there is always a risk that unscrupulous contractors may show-up and take advantage of folks. To avoid this, take the following steps:
- Get at least three bids on identical itemized work orders.
- Demand proof of insurance and call the contractors’ insurers to confirm coverage.
- Check that the contractors are licensed through your state’s board of licensing (if applicable).
- Don’t cave in and agree to a large down payment, which a reputable contractor won’t demand.
- Get guarantees and contracts in writing, and don’t agree to pay cash.
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Rick Abell is the president for Affinity Loss Prevention Services. Learn more about ALPS by clicking here.