Mold Repair After Flooding

water damage mold remediationAfter inclement weather strikes the Charleston area, whether it is a hurricane, tropical storm, flood, or a summer thunderstorm, water abounds in the Lowcountry. Streets, homes, and businesses are routinely flooded and sewage and drainage systems frequently overload. This slowing down of the water extraction process helps create a lingering moist atmosphere that, when combined with South Carolina’s beloved humidity, is highly conducive to fungal mold growth. Water damage mold remediation is a technique that Disaster Plus’ certified technicians are trained extensively in, because when mold begins to grow your health is just as exposed to risk as your damaged property. Please take a moment to review the information on this page, which has been produced to help you recognize mold, prevent rapid mold growth, and protect yourself from allergies.

Recognizing Mold: The Basics

If you have a mold growth in your home or business, one of the easiest (and most obvious) ways to detect it is to look for visual clues. Mold can cause many different shades of discoloration to walls, ceilings, carpets, and flooring. When your property has experienced flood damage and requires water removal it is easy to accidentally dismiss discoloration as a byproduct of water staining. This is not always the case. After cleaning up and drying out closely inspect impacted areas that you have self-treated. Is the discoloration green or black? Contact us immediately. Even if the stain is brown or yellow don’t take any chances. Finally, another indicator of mold infestation is odor. Mold has a very distinct smell, but after a flood, that smell is often mistaken as being related to dirty water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) describes the mold smell as “musty, earthy, and/or foul”. 

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Controlling moisture in your home is the most critical factor for preventing mold growth.

– The Department of Health and Human Services

Stop Mold and Prevent It From Growing

If you are dealing with water damage mold remediation issues as a result of flooding, first review our initial steps to take after a flood for detailed on instructions on how to properly approach your flooded property and begin the drying process. Once you have completed the steps outlined by our specialists, then you can safely proceed to clean items that are wet using dish soap and water. If you can not completely clean or dry any one item, our recommendation is to remove it from your home and place it in an adequately ventilated garage, basement, or other covered area for further monitoring. Mold can start spawning and spread quickly, so even if you think you’ve nipped the fungus in the bud, it can remain a growth threat.

Disaster Plus ProTip:

If you see mold on a few unconnected surfaces or small household items our technicians recommend the following solution: 1 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water. This is the safest and, fortunately, for you, one of the best and easiest mixtures to create. BE VERY CAREFUL MIXING BLEACH WITH ANY OTHER CLEANING PRODUCT. NEVER MIX WITH AMMONIA. An unsafe mixture can produce noxious fumes which could cause immediate damage to your lungs or even cause for you to pass out. Once you’ve completed the bleach/water mix, use a scrub brush or other brush with firm bristles (depending on what you are cleaning) to remove mold. Be sure to dispose of the brush afterwards.

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