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When The Flood Is Over The Mold Begins

Mar 22, 2008
There is much more thought being given to the devastation that mold can cause in a home. Mold will live in accommodating places where there is moisture for a certain period of time. Some things are more likely to have mold growth than others. When products like wood, cloth, sheet rock, paper, and carpeting become wet, they are a suitable place for the appearance of mildew and mold.

In living spaces or businesses that have had a fair amount of water present as a result of flooding, either from impaired plumbing or from unexpected weather disasters is likely to obtain damage because of the water specifically. This water destruction may become more horrible when areas are moist long enough to encourage mold.

In scenarios where a lot of flooding has occurred from weather events like tornadoes, hurricanes, and heavy rainfall that results in rivers and streams overflowing their banks, a lot of times the lowest floor of a dwelling place will get soaked with water anywhere from a couple of inches to a few feet. In cases like the homes and businesses flooded by hurricane Katrina, thousands were flooded even on their second floors and in their attics. Those residences obtained the worst destruction. Some people could not save their homes because by the time the water went away adequately to permit them access, it had been there so long that it was impossible to salvage anything. Thousands of buildings were swept away all together and those people had nothing left at all.

With those that went through less devastation and only got minor flooding of a couple of inches, most of their homes could be saved. It was still an overwhelming task to return their residences to their original state. Destroyed flooring, sheet rock, and wood were all factors in the clean up procedure. Protective clothing and paper breathing masks was worn to prevent sickness from mold exposure while cleaning up.

When there has been flooding in a dwelling place on a lesser scale, like plumbing defects, the destruction might not be quite so as bad for effecting walls and flooring if it can be dried up soon enough. Mold situations can be avoided if any water affected places are dried out entirely. Many times residence owners will resolve small flooding like this their selves. The most important circumstance is that if something does develop any mold, it must be eliminated by using a mold killer like chlorine bleach or removing the effected thing entirely. Mold on areas like sheet rock or wood could need to be completely removed because it is very difficult to keep the growth from expanding.
About the Author
Jim Corkern is a writer and promoter of
Fort Lauderdale Water Damage Restoration and
Miami Water Damage Restoration
Which are Certified IICRC Water damage and mold remediation contractors.
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