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Marsha Hillman, March 7 2024

After The Heavy Rains & Flooding...

After heavy rains and flooding it's a crucial time for homeowners and business owners grappling with the aftermath of flooding and water damage. The primary pitfall in such situations is the delay in action. Moist environments are breeding grounds for mold, which can start to grow within 24 to 48 hours after water exposure. Quick response is essential to mitigate this risk. It involves thoroughly drying out affected areas using fans, dehumidifiers, and other drying equipment. However, one common mistake is assuming that surfaces are dry just by touch, overlooking the moisture trapped in materials like drywall, insulation, and under floorboards, which can lead to unseen mold growth and further damage.

Another critical aspect is the proper removal of water-damaged materials. Often, individuals attempt to save items that are beyond repair or that may harbor mold spores, contributing to future mold issues. It's important to assess the damage realistically and dispose of items that cannot be fully cleaned and dried. Non-porous materials can often be salvaged, while porous materials like carpeting, upholstery, and certain types of insulation might need to be removed and replaced. Employing professional judgment or consulting with a disaster recovery expert like Crystal Restorations of New England can help in making these tough decisions, ensuring that recovery efforts don't inadvertently contribute to mold problems.

Starting the mold remediation process early is also a best practice. This process involves more than just cleaning up visible mold; it includes identifying the moisture source to prevent future growth, safely containing and removing mold-infested materials, and restoring the affected area to its pre-disaster condition. DIY approaches to mold remediation can fall short due to a lack of proper equipment, protective gear, and technical knowledge, potentially exacerbating the problem. Professional remediation services bring expertise in handling toxic mold varieties and in executing thorough cleanup processes, ensuring the health and safety of the building's inhabitants and the longevity of the property. Through timely, informed action and professional assistance, the daunting task of flood recovery and mold remediation can be managed effectively, safeguarding both the structure and the health of those within it.


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Marsha Hillman

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