Last week, the east coast had been through one of the worst storms we’ve seen in history thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Now, many homeowners are facing the tragedy of having to rebuild their homes or renovate the damage the hurricane caused. One of the major concerns when it comes to flooding is mold growth, which we all know can bring serious health concerns to its homeowners. Below are some tips from Houzz on what to do before you begin to restore your home:
- Get a professional to assess the damage – areas of your home may feel dry, but it could be damp underneath, leading to mold growth. Professionals have detectors which can identify where your home contains moisture.
- Remove all water contaminated items - anything wet all must be torn out. Drywall, framings, insulation, flooring, everything. Even wet furniture is not a good idea to keep, due to all the possible contaminants flood water carries with it.
- Dry, dry, dry – After everything wet has been removed, it’s time to bring in high powered fans and even something called HEPA [High-Efficiency Particulate Air] filters for mold remediation. According to the article, you want less than 16% moisture content in your home, with coastal homes possibly being a bit higher.
- Begin mold removal - Mold can grow within 48 hours, sometimes 24 if the conditions are just right, which is why it’s best to begin as soon as you can. A professional will assess the damage and recommend to what extent measures need to be taken.
- Ventilate – Keep your windows and doors open for as long as you can in the day.
It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is to have a professional come out and assess the damage, not just a contractor. They are not equipped or have the extensive knowledge to know what needs to be done. Your health is most important, because if you don’t have that, you don’t have anything.