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Water Damage: Mold Removal Tips

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Anyone who’s had water damage in his home or business probably knows there may be more to the story than just letting it dry naturally. If water damage isn’t dried out and treated properly, mold and mildew (a definitive guide to Black Mold) can become a big problem. If it’s your first time facing water damage from a flood, a burst pipe, or another reason, you might be at a little bit of a loss when it comes to what steps to take, how soon, and in what order.

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Depending on the extent of the water damage, you may be able to take care of it yourself. Small water problems call for basic do-it-yourself tips, (3 must know tips for do-it-yourself mold removal) like drying out the area and using products that are specifically designed to destroy mildew. Fans directed at the wet area can help it dry quickly and efficiently. So can running the heater in the house, because it dries out the air. You can also try using a hair dryer on the area if it’s a small space, so you can dry out the carpet, baseboard, or drywall.

There are products designed for protecting an area from mold and mildew, as well, including sprays and paints. Even if you dry out the area thoroughly, you’ll still want to consider using one of those products to make sure you don’t let mold start to develop.

Repainting the area with a mold-stopping paint can be a good plan, depending on the size of the area. You can always do that, allow it to dry, and repaint over that with a color that matches the room. For very small areas, or for treating carpeting and soft furniture, there are anti-mold sprays that can be purchased and used to stop mildew growth.

Hire a Professional

If these things aren’t enough, they don’t seem to do the job, or the area is very large – such as your house getting flooded – it may be in your best interest to hire a professional restorer. A mold remediation specialist (How to Choose a Mold Remediator) can make sure that any problems are resolved before they get started, or can treat them once they develop. It’s better to catch mold problems early, but a professional can treat advanced issues, as well.

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What to look for and where you should go when locating a mold remediation specialist is similar to finding any kind of worker for your home. Make sure you find someone who’s insured, and who’s properly licensed. If they make a mistake, you’ll be compensated. All reputable companies will meet these requirements.

You should also get some estimates. Just because two or three companies perform the same service doesn’t mean they all charge the same price. You don’t want to end up paying too much when you could’ve gotten the same quality for hundreds or thousands less. Ask questions of the people who you’re considering working with.

Make sure you understand the process they’ll be going through, what it means for you and your family, and whether you’ll have to stay somewhere else while the work is being done. The mold damage might’ve been a surprise, but the remediation process doesn’t have to be.

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sean February 17, 2015 - 9:53 am

We lived in a house with some structural problems, and we got flooding every spring. We found that pulling the carpet up and running fans worked, but that isn’t always possible. Your tip about hair dryers works as well. They worked really well in corners and hard to reach places.


Mr O Penang January 24, 2016 - 6:54 pm

the dredded black mold !!! has claimed more lives than our own civil war, more than Ices more than all the indians we killed ! beware the black mold….

Huxley March 15, 2016 - 9:47 am

Great post, thank you so much for the tips. The apartment above me flooded and I’m worried about the after effects, especially in the walls. I think I’m going to go the professional route.

Anna Levis March 26, 2016 - 9:18 am

I really appreciate for sharing such a great post. I think in this case we need professional to look after our home or property which is badly damaged because of water and mold. The professional have a lot of experience as they already working in this field so many years and i think they know how to handle these situations.

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Andersen July 12, 2016 - 1:09 am

Hi Buddy,

Thanx for sharing such an awesome post. I really loved it, it’s so scary – every time you turn around it’s something new – toxins, poisons, dangerous toys, recalls, deadly cribs… it can be very overwhelming.

I found black mould in my bathroom today and I’ve been doing a ton of research. Then I come to know that it’s good to hire the professionals and we have hired the services of andersenenviro and they have have cleared everything in our home. A guide like this is really helpful. Thanks again for sharing!

Anna Collins August 7, 2016 - 5:50 am

Thanks for sharing such an amazing tips for removing mold after water damage. Water damage enters without any warning so you must be prepare for any situation like water damage and these tips for removing mold will help us out from it asap.

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