In the aftermath of a flood, one must work quickly to save as much as possible. There is a very short window of time during which one can clean up and save many of the material belonging in the home. Even construction materials can be claimed by the waters and the subsequent mold, if they are not dealt with immediately.
Mold and bacteria are large problems after waters have filled a home. Mold loves moisture and will happily live in even slightly damp areas, such as those created as a result of a roof leak or a dripping pipe. So, when flood waters invade a home, the breeding ground for the member of the fungi family is idea. Unfortunately, those molds and bacteria can lead to intestinal and respiratory issues, as well as skin infections and there are only about thirty-six hours or fewer to clean up before the mold takes hold. Mold remediation companies are in high demand after floods, which might mean that you are leave to care for your Santa Cruz, CA home on your own if you do not make the call immediately.
It is essential to get rid of standing water, but you must also beware of the dangers present after a flood, such as electrical cords or fuse boxes that are partially or fully submerged. Step into water touching such things and you can be hit with a potentially fatal shock.
Once you are sure that it is safe to enter the space, you will want to work quickly to get as much water out as possible. The professionals are well equipped to act fast with powerful vans, heaters, and dehumidifiers. Perhaps more important are the other tools that they bring along, including masks, goggles, and gloves to protect themselves from mold exposure. The masks are also important in case there has been any sewage backup. Sewer gases are known dangers and often flood homes during a flood as the tanks become overwhelmed with water. If sewage backup did occur, do not tackle the project on your own. Call the professionals in Capitola, CA, who understand proper sewage cleanupmethods.
If sewage is not an issue, then the focus should remain on the mold. To prepare for water and mold removal, you will have to relocate upholstery, curtains, blankets, pillows, area rugs and other porous objects that were soaked. If mold has not taken hold, they may be salvageable. Much of the water can be removed from rugs, quite frequently, with a wet vac. It is also wise to turn on fans to improve air circulation. If you have one at your disposal, turn on the dehumidifier. The amount of moisture in the air will likely call for a commercial-sized machine due, but every little bit helps in those few precious hours after water has receded. In addition to these other efforts, you will have to remove trim work form the walls to allow the sheetrock to dry faster. In some instances, it may even be necessary to create ventilation in the walls, to allow the interior space to dry fully. This can be done with a few small holes.
If you have any doubts about getting the water out before mold begins growing, call in the professionals for help. They have more experience and better equipment that will make the job go faster and increase the likelihood of success.
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