After your house floods, it’s important to dry out your home quickly. This will help to prevent further damage, mold spores and more moisture from coming into contact with your belongings. The process will vary depending on the amount of damage, but there are a few things that you can do to get started.

Preventing Mold Growth

The key to preventing mold growth after a flood is controlling moisture. When moisture is present, mold spores will grow rapidly-typically within 24 to 48 hours of water exposure. In addition to controlling moisture, you can prevent mold by cleaning up any standing water and surfaces. The best way to get this done is by using a combination of fans, heaters, and dehumidifiers. The dehumidifier and heaters will help keep the air moving, while the fans will help dry out the contents of your home, especially carpet, furniture, and drywall. You can use a wet/dry vac to remove standing water and a 10% bleach solution to clean hard surfaces. Be sure to dry everything completely before putting anything back in the home. This will all take a little time and money, but it will pay off in the end when you are left with a healthy, happy, and mold-free home.

Disinfecting

If your house has flooded, there is a real need to disinfect all of the items that got wet. This is to help stop the growth of disease-causing microorganisms that were carried by flood water. Disinfectants can kill many germs, but they work better when the dirt and debris are removed first. So, start by cleaning any contaminated surfaces and objects with warm soapy water, then disinfect with a solution of no more than 1 cup of bleach per 5 gallons of water. After you have cleaned and disinfected any surface that was flooded, make sure all areas are dry before using your furniture and personal belongings. Don’t reuse any materials that have been wet for more than 48 hours, as they can produce mold.

Call A Professional

Despite your best efforts, it will take time to dry out your house after a flood. The water that has penetrated your walls, floors, and ceilings will need to be removed as well as items that were soaked by floodwater, such as upholstered furniture, carpeting and soft flooring like vinyl or linoleum. If you do not have the proper tools to clean your property, it is a good idea to contact an experienced water damage restoration company. These experts will use special drying techniques and equipment to ensure that your property is completely dried out from the flood. They will also perform moisture testing and verify the effectiveness of the cleaning and drying process.