5 Guiding Steps for Mold Remediation after a Storm
If your property has experienced a water damage due to a storm whether it is ground water intrusion, sump pump failure or roof leak if it goes untreated you have a greater chance of having mold. Mold is a fungus that breeds on moisture. Mold development in the different areas of a house gives a disturbing odor that is musty which is the warning that your home or business’s air quality may not be healthy. Growing mold is considered a very dreadful situation for all homeowners. The bathrooms, walls, ceiling, kitchen cabinets and wardrobe are some of the significant places that get occupied by mold. In the recent event of nor ‘east storm Skylar, Riley and cyclone bomb. The towns of Taunton/Mansfield effected by the storm followed by strong winds, snow and flooding include Taunton, Raynham, Norton, Easton, Mansfield, Berkley, Rehoboth, Dighton, Seekonk, and Swansea. We all are aware of the fact that water plays a significant role in spore growth. For effective storm damage remediation, we have listed five steps that should be followed for basic processes for quick mold remediation:
Evaluate the Moisture Content
Assessing mold growth is not limited to what we see with our eyes, you need to give a thorough look on the walls as well in the corners. First, you need to understand the reason behind all mold growth. Water or moisture problem due to flooding caused by storm or leakages is a primary reason for mold buildup. The ultimate goal lies in identifying moisture source and locating all other location with mold presence.
Have a Proper Remediation Plan
Next comes the remediation plan. Before you start it, it is recommended to document the mold situation with photos which is part of our service. This will help the restoration team and will be useful in your insurance claim. These documents will assist in developing a remediation plan, which typically answers the questions related to work startup time, work completion time, any testing that should be done, or will homeowners be temporarily relocated all things come mentioned in this document.
Assess Extent of Contamination
Mold growth is not restricted to certain places. So, calculating the extent of contamination is very significant. This will decide how water removal and cleanup will take place. The goal of mold remediation is to clean mold growing within the home and to prevent residents from the exposure to mold.
Effective Mold Remediation
The care of the residents and the workers are a top priority during mold remediation. The procedure will also prevent new growth by addressing the moisture source which will be based on your calculation of the contaminated area. This procedure is further divided into the following steps:
- Repair any and all water system problems
- Isolate the contaminate area
- Remove any and all soggy materials
- Properly discard mold/wet materials in plastic bags
- Effectively clean porous/wood surfaces damaged by mold
- Clean all surfaces and areas along egress
- Properly inspect the area to be completely positive you got all areas
- Dry any and all textiles/materials out in the sun
- Replace whatever is damaged beyond repair
Successful Professional Cleanup
At the end, we need to be sure that our cleanup efforts have been successful. According to EPA guidelines look for the following points:
- Revisit the entire house and verify that there is no lingering moisture problem remaining in the property.
- Inspect for signs of visible and hidden mold and check other furniture and surfaces for spore remnants.
- The house/office should be ready for reoccupation without any health hazards.
- As per the mold problem in the house/office, ensure proper testing so the property is fit for living.
Mold Removal after Storm
Storms naturally create many situations that encourage mold growth. It may occur due to flooding, leakages or blockages in the pipes. So, it will be better to be efficient regarding inspection of pipes before the storm to avoid any unfavorable consequences. If you’re facing such a problem, it will be better to call in professional remediators for effective removal of mold.
If you have any more questions regarding storm, water and mold damage, contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200.