What To Do Within 24 Hours of Water Damage

What To Do Within 24 Hours of Water Damage

  • Posted: Jan 14, 2016
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Whether you have a burst pipe, flooding issues, a backed up sewer, or worse, it doesn’t take long for the damage to spread. Mold can develop within 24-48 hours of extreme moisture or water damage.

That’s why it’s so important to act quickly if you want to save your belongings and your home from mold infestation.

Remove Wet Carpets/Rugs

Rugs and carpets are among the most susceptible areas to mold growth, which is why they’re the first thing to focus on after water damage occurs. The fibers in rugs and carpets trap moisture and allow mold to grow very quickly within the 24-48 hour window after water damage occurs and beyond. There are ways to salvage carpets and rugs after water damage, typically with dry cleaning. However, if the carpet isn’t valuable or holds no sentimental value, it may be easier and cheaper to simply throw it out.

Get Rid of Wet Insulation

Similar to carpeting, insulation fibers trap moisture and create the perfect environment for mold to flourish. Water damaged insulation cannot be saved, and needs to be disposed of immediately.

Disinfect Water Damaged Surfaces

After the water has been removed, preferably by a certified professional, you should disinfect all the surfaces the water reached. Although bleach is ineffective at removing mold, it does help disinfect surfaces, preventing future mold growth. No matter what cleaning product you use, though, make sure to be thorough. Any missed spot could harbor mold growth in a matter of hours.

Use Fans and Open Doors/Windows

Getting the area as dry as possible is imperative to preventing mold growth. If you’ve already had the water removed by a professional, this step may be redundant. Regardless, moisture can hide nearly anywhere after water damage, so you can’t be too careful. Use fans to keep the area dry and open doors and windows to increase airflow and prevent stagnant moisture.

Check Furniture and Other Items

You may think your furniture hasn’t been affected by the water damage, but make sure of it. Check for dark patches and moisture. Furniture is another favorite place for mold growth if there’s any moisture present.

Schedule a Mold Inspection

Last but not least on our list, is to get a mold inspection. The only way to really be sure if there’s mold in your home and how much is by way of a mold inspection. Although there may not be any visible mold growth this soon after the water damage occurs, you can get an air test. For the air test, the technician takes a sample of the air and drops it off at a lab where they determine if there is mold, how much, what kind, and how to remove it. So protect your home and health, and get your mold inspection today.

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