Mold prevention: the first 24-36 hours are critical.
Updated: May 1
Mold and bacteria quickly thrive and spread in damp environments. Mold feeds on water. And bacteria spreads quickly if a flooded home is soaked by sewage, as often happens.
Cleaning up quickly after a flood is essential for keeping a home safe and healthy, especially for those with asthma and allergies.
Here are eight tips that can help with the cleanup efforts. Mold prevention is critical.
Get started quickly. Begin the cleanup process as soon as possible.
Ventilation will help. Clean and dry out the home as soon as possible.
Wear a mask. Protect yourself using rubber gloves, eye protection, and an N-95 mask when cleaning.
Use the right cleaning solution. Mix 350 ml of household bleach with 4 liters of water to wash and disinfect areas.
Consider removing carpets. The carpets will likely have to be removed completely.
If you can’t clean it, remove it. Remove porous materials such as wallboard, fiberglass, and cellulose because they can’t be cleaned.
Use an air cleaner. A high-performance air purifier for mold spores can help clean the air and reduce or eliminate musty odors.
By acting quickly and taking the proper steps to control mold after a flood, your home and indoor air quality are soon safe and healthy again.
KNOW WHEN TO CALL THE PROS. This is especially true if the damage was caused by sewage or contaminated water, or mold is already extensive.