SERVPRO of Atascadero water and mold damage restoration specialists release report: " How to prevent mold growth."
Atascadero, Ca. — SERVPRO of Atascadero water damage and mold specialists have released a report on six steps to help prevent the growth of mold after water damage has occurred.
14,000 people daily are affected by water damage. It is important to know how to eliminate conditions in which mold may grow and infest the home to help prevent the growth of poisonous and toxic molds.
All homeowners who have recently experienced water damage should be concerned about mold, as it can grow rapidly. Worse yet, it doesn’t take much water for it grow and it can be much deadlier than expected. The sooner an infestation is taken care of, the better.
Here are six tips to help reduce the likelihood of mold growth:
Remove the water as quickly as possible
Use a wet or dry vacuum to soak up as much water as possible. This limits the possibility for the mold to grow.
Use fans to dry the floors and carpets faster
It may take several days for fans to completely dry water damage. Leave them on constantly for at least a few weeks to help circulate cool and fresh air as well as speed up the drying process.
Dehumidify the affected room
Mold grows in moist, warm and dark areas. Dehumidifying the room helps cool the air and limit mold and mildew growth. Any equipment used to dry the air and ground will be useful in mold prevention.
Steam-clean the carpet
Steam-clean any and all carpets to properly sanitize and wipe out any mold spores that may have started growing. Any water-damaged carpet padding may need to be replaced, but is still much less expensive than having to entirely re-carpet the house.
Sanitize walls and baseboards
Anything that has been touched by water should immediately be sanitized. Clean any hardwood floors, walls, or other surfaces with soap, water, chlorine, and bleach to minimize mold growth.
Lastly, check affected furniture for any signs of mold growth that may have begun
Check all furniture for water damage, and remove the furniture from wet flooring. Water damage may hide itself under carpets or rugs, so be sure to thoroughly inspect the home.
Even following the above steps, it is likely that a mold infestation may still be present in the home. If any visible signs of mold are noticed, then an infestation/colonization has occurred. For any extensive mold damage situations, it is best to call in the professionals, such as Atascadero water damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO Atascadero.
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SERVPRO is the leading company in Atascadero Water Damage, fire damage, and mold remediation. They are constantly investing in the latest training for mold remediation so that they can meet your customer service needs to quickly and professionally make it “Like it never even happened.” When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO for a helping hand you can rely on at (805) 239-0466.