Water damage to property can be costly and time consuming. Water damage in homes or in any infrastructure can be caused by different factors. Plumbing problems such as outdoor waterlines for water sprinklers or indoor waterline can cause water damage. Flooding caused by overflowing bodies of water can cause severe water damage. Whether it is from an inside source or outside occurrence, the potential for mold growth exists in all of these cases.
Severity of the Water Damage
The full impact of the water damage occurs after a major flooding. The damage that the water causes is a nightmare. Besides the monetary loss caused by the loss of furniture and other items, damage to walls and other parts of the home, there is also the burden of being relocated or move to a temporary shelter, cost of clean-up, treatment and replacement of lost property. Long exposure to standing water or presence of excess moisture can lead to mold growth.
Molds can be hazardous to a person's health. It is a type of fungi that thrives on moist places. A microorganism that releases spores to the air we breathe and reproduces this way. Under the environment with the right humid and moist condition, molds can enter the home airborne and start multiplying. Increase of fungal spores emitted by molds can be a health hazard. After flooding, moist problems are left unseen underneath floor coverings, walls, attics, under the sink, etc. can be favorable environment for molds to thrive.
Fixing your home or property after a major flooding can be challenging. Flood damage to properties must be first assessed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to EPA's guideline, properties more than 10 square feet should be assessed and personally checked by an EPA officer. Thorough check should be done in all crawlspaces, under carpets and behind wallpaper.
For manageable areas, immediately start the mold clean up to eradicate or prevent mold growth. Because mold is hazardous to health, exposure or long breathing should be avoided. It is important, that before any water damage mold clean up, it is important to acquire materials to protect your eyes, skin, nose, and mouth. When cleaning a mold area, it is important that you work with good ventilation. Clean surfaces using Â¼ bleach to a gallon of water, repeat the procedure at least twice with an interval of 20 minutes in between. A borate based cleaner can be applied as a final step without rinsing to inhibit mold growth. From time to time check if the mold has returned to the area.