Prevent Mold with Proper Flood Water Cleanup Tips Used by the Pros
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Prevent Mold with Proper Flood Water Cleanup Tips Used by the Pros

After a flood, the most important step you can take is to contact UpRite Plus 2 to prevent mold with proper flood water cleanup. In fact, if you don’t take the proper flood water cleanup steps, mold can begin growing in as little as a day or two. As a result, it’s imperative to contact the experienced team at UpRite Plus 2 as quickly as possible

We offer decades of experience performing flood restoration and mold remediation. We’ll use our expertise to ensure you have an added peace of mind, confidently knowing all potential mold problems have been taken care of by a team of experienced professionals. Although it may be tempting to do it yourself, you can best protect the safety of your home and your family by relying on the team of experts at UpRite Plus 2. Let's take a look at a few of the top ways we prevent mold with proper flood water cleanup.

Prevent Mold with Proper Flood Water Cleanup & Removal

One of the first steps of the professional flood water cleanup process is to remove all flood water from your home. If it’s a small amount of water, you may be able to use regular household items like mops and buckets to extract the water from your home.

At UpRite Plus 2, we use professional-grade equipment to pump large volumes of water as well as small volumes of water. Once the standing water has been properly removed, we make sure all dirt, debris, and mud that came in with the flood water has been extracted as well.

Prevent Mold by Drying Out the Space

Dark, damp, moist spaces are a haven for mold spores. It’s vital to prevent contamination by thoroughly drying out all areas affected by water. If the weather permits, one potential solution for small volumes of water is to open the windows and doors to properly circulate fresh air throughout the home.

At UpRite Plus 2, we utilize high-power, commercial fans as well as commercial dehumidifiers and run them continuously throughout the flooded space. This professional equipment works to speed up the drying process in more expansive areas. However, if your home or business has been impacted by small amounts of water, you can use this type of equipment to achieve similar goals.

Get Rid of Porous Materials

Although you may look to salvage as much as you can following a flood, this isn’t always possible. Mold can and will latch onto porous surfaces, such as carpeting, clothing, fabrics, and drywall. All it takes for mold spores to multiply in a frenzy is the presence of moisture and organic substances.

In many instances, we work to discard porous household materials that have been inundated with floodwater. Unfortunately, upholstered furniture that has been dampened with water will cause mold spores to nourish. Affected carpeting, drywall, and insulation are also commonly discarded. While you may be able to dry out carpet, this material will still house living mold spores. It’s a proactive safety measure to toss out any carpets or rugs that have been exposed to floodwater.

In addition, if you notice musty odors coming from any object, you should throw them away. Food items, rugs, books, papers, and even canned food items will usually be throw in the trash.

Make Sure to Sanitize Non-Porous Surfaces

Hard surfaces of plastic, metal, glass, etc may be saved. For example, porcelain and fine china that may have been doused by the flood waters may be reused. While mold spores can penetrate porous items, the spores are not able to do the same with non-porous objects. However, non porous objects must still be properly disinfected.

Does Your Home Have Evidence of Mold?

If you notice dark green or black splotches on your ceilings and walls, it’s an indication of mold. If you smell the pungent scent of dirty socks, you may have a mold infestation. In addition, if you or your family members experience sudden watery eyes, coughing, itchy skin, or runny nose, it may be caused by the growth of mold. If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, it’s imperative to contact UpRite Plus 2 for the fast and reliable removal of mold.  

When Should Flood Restoration Begin?

While every company may have different practices, UpRite Plus 2 utilizes our decades of experience to confidently deliver the most effective flood water cleanup and mold prevention services. One of the most common mistakes inexperienced mold remediation and flood cleanup companies or do-it-yourselfers make is to start the process of restoration prior to everything in the home drying.

Instead of rushing into restoration, we always wait until everything has completely dried. Unfortunately, most companies do not wait long enough and rush into restoration. When this happens, the company fails to spot the mold infestation, which can continue to thrive and grow.

Contact UpRite Plus 2 to Prevent Mold Growth with Proper Flood Water Cleanup

Water in unwanted places in your home or business can spell trouble, especially when you don’t prevent mold with proper flood water cleanup. However, the experienced experts at UpRite Plus 2 can help. We’ll quickly come in and provide proper flood water cleanup to prevent the growth of mold in your home or business. Contact UpRite Plus 2 today for professional flood water cleanup and mold prevention services.

About the Author Thomas Marr

Offering nearly four decades of industry experience in restoration, mold remediation, and reconstruction, Thomas G. Marr is the president and CEO of ite Plus 2. He holds two certifications from the Florida Mold Institute — Certified Professional Mold Inspector and Certified Professional Mold Remediator — as well as a long list of other industry-recognized certifications. He brings brings a unique set of skills and expertise in all matters of flood, fire, and mold remediation, which has proven to be invaluable to businesses and homeowners throughout the New York area.

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