Preventing Mold After A Disaster
In the aftermath of a flood or storm, like Tropical Storm Isaias, there is a high potential for mold to accumulate. There are significant health risks associated with flooding in a home. Mold is dependent on moisture in order to grow, so it is of great importance to dry your home and furniture immediately. The window is short: all items and the property itself must be completely dried within the first 24-48 hours. Each item in the home MUST be completely dried in order to ensure there is no potential for mold growth.
The clean-up process includes removing standing water and anything containing water. Afterward, there must be a prolonged drying period. This means removing water from every cabinet and drawer, wiping down all objects and surfaces. Due to the difficulty of this cleaning and drying process, it is often necessary to hire a professional like SERVPRO. Doing so will allow for the property to be salvaged, for the least amount of damage.
Let us note that unless a first responder or a SERVPRO professional tells you that it is safe, do not re-enter the building after it has been flooded. Cleaning should also wait until after your contact your insurance company and take photos of your items. If it is safe to go inside, be sure to go with personal protective equipment.