Flooding can be devastating to a home, with widescale or high flooding causing irreparable damage to a home. However, even mild or isolated flooding in a home can have long-reaching consequences, especially when it comes to materials in your home – flooring, walls, ceilings, insulation, etc. – suffering from water damage. Besides visual stains and structural damage, water-soaked materials and standing water can also lead to mold, which – left unchecked – can become a serious health hazard.
After Flooding Mold: Act Quickly
The window of mold due to flooding growth is short – as short as one to two days before spores start to take root. As such, it’s important to start the cleanup as soon as possible:
- Remove Water: Your first step is to remove water. Depending on the location, a sump pump or wet vac might be your best option, or you may have to remove by hand.
- Drying the Area: Dehumidifiers, fans, and heaters will help remove extra moisture and dry what surface cleaning could not.
- Wet Materials: Certain materials may be too water damaged or absorbent to leave in place. Carpeting, cardboard, and unsealed wood may need to be removed.
Home Molds to Look Out For
There are many types of molds that can grow in your building. While many are harmless, their spores can still cause allergic reactions and contribute to poor air quality. Here are five molds to look out for:
- Penicillium: A common mold found in spoiled food, with over 300 species of the mold some can be dangerous. They need relative low moisture to live and spread indoors through rot.
- Aspergillus: Several types of this mold can produce toxic mycotoxin spores, including Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus flavus, and Aspergillus fumigatus.
- Caldosporium: One of the types of “black mold,” this mold family includes 30 species that thrive in high-moisture spaces without enough ventilation. Can cause allergic reactions or worse.
- Fusarium: One of the most common toxic molds in North America, Fusarium can be found in pools of still water. Can cause nose bleeds, gastrointestinal illnesses, and urinary tract issues.
- Stachybotrys: Also known as “Toxic Black Mold” this is one of the most dangerous types of mold you can encounter. Produces dangerous mycotoxins that can lead to long-term damage or death.
Learn more in our blog, Five Molds to Look Out For in Your Home.
Make sure to identify the presence of mold due to flooding early, and make sure to remediate the area properly to avoid it coming back. Need help dealing with mold? Fiber Control, Inc. is a full-service hazardous material inspection and remediation service, including asbestos, mold, and lead. Contact us today, and we’ll help you deal with your issues in your home or business.