Water damage can happen to our property at any time. Whether it is a small leakage or a big flood. The biggest danger, water damage is not cleaned up properly is mold and this can seriously affect the health of your family. This article lets you know how to clean up mold after water damage.
The first thing to do is to assess the damage. If there is just a small amount that is appearing between your window frames than you can take the job on yourself. If there is a lot of mold that has appeared on one wall or in your basement, than the best option is to call in the professionals.
If you decide to take on the job yourself, than immediately open all doors and windows. The aim is to get a fresh supply of air flowing through. If possible even after you have cleaned the mold up, you should continue to open doors and windows at least once a day and this will help to keep the mold at bay.
To clean the mold, you need disinfectant mixed with warm water and a sponge. Scrub away at the mold and wipe it clean till it has all disappeared. Remember all spots that are attracting mold as there is a chance that they might re-appear. If you are not able top open doors and windows at least once a day, than consider buying a de-humidifier for your home. This will take the moisture out of the air and help prevent the mold from growing back.
Remember to search all hidden areas in that room for signs of mold that are not visible to the human eye. For example, if it was the kitchen that was flooded, you should empty all the cupboards, wash and disinfectant your pots and pans. Then allow the cupboards time to dry before returning your pots and pans.
If mold has appeared in the carpets, than you need to remove them immediately. As carpets are very porous, they are a hot breeding ground for mold and it would be better to throw them away and buy new ones.
If mold has started appearing in your walls, than do not just paint over it as this does not get rid of the problem. Once again scrub it down and remove all the plastering that contains the mold. Let the wall fully dry before you repaint it.
To be a responsible house owner, always look for signs of mold for at least a year after water damage. Then you can assure that you catch it early and prevent it from turning into a bigger problem.