Tips for Preventing Mold Growth

tips for preventing mold

When a home encounters flooding or water damage of any kind, special attention is required to prevent mold growth. Since mold thrives in wet environments and spores spread quickly and easily, the best way to avoid post-flood mold hazards is to hire a licensed water damage restoration firm to assist with cleanup.

To keep your home and everything in it safely protected, we’ve got tips to prevent post-water damage mold growth; read on to learn more!

Post-Water Damage Mold Growth

Dealing with water damage in your home is anything but easy, and often times, homeowners are left feeling stressed and helpless. While these feelings are perfectly normal, it is important to remember just how essential immediate water damage restoration is.

As soon as flooding or water damage is noticed, homeowners should contact a reliable water damage team to begin the restoration process. When water sits for longer than 48 hours, mold spores begin to inhabit the area. Once mold begins to grow, the only way to stop it is with the help of a mold remediation specialist.

Proper Water Damage Restoration

When certified water damage restoration technicians are contacted immediately after damage occurs, the team can get to work on the structural drying and dehumidification process to ensure that mold growth does not become an issue.

When mold is found, the water damage restoration team should notify the homeowner immediately and begin implementing a mold remediation plan to reverse the damage. If the water damage restoration team is not equipped, experienced, or licensed to perform mold remediation, an outside party or firm would need to be brought in to assess the situation and determine the next steps.

Mold Dangers

When mold spores are found in the home, it is crucial to understand the severity of the issue. While there are a variety of studies that outline the different side effects of mold exposure, long-term or high-level exposure is unhealthy for both humans and animals. Mold exposure suppresses the immune system and triggers a wide variety of health issues, including:

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  • Cold & Flu Symptoms
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Eye & Skin Irritation
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Asthma Attacks

Types of Mold

While some categories of mold are more common than others, water damage attracts all types of mold spores, including:

  • Stachbotrys (Black Mold)
  • Cladosporium
  • Fusarium
  • Alternaria
  • Penicillium

Mold Safety

When post-water damage mold is found in the home, remember that it is a very common occurrence. To keep the space as safe as possible it is important to remember the following:

  • Never attempt to clean mold on your own.
  • Never stay in a space that has been contaminated by mold.
  • Always wear proper safety equipment in a mold-infested area.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if symptoms of mold exposure begin to surface.

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Dolores wrote on September 8th, 2015 11:09:03am
Water damage really isn't fun to deal with. You need to clean it up fast or you will end up with mold problems. I really like your tip to contact a water damage team to get the house fixed. It's important to do that right away, because the longer you leave it the higher chances you will have of even more damage.
Paul Langley wrote on January 25th, 2016 02:01:23pm
This is some really great information for anyone who has recently been the victim of a flood or other water damage. I especially liked your tips on mold safety; I know too many people who try to clean things like that up on their own. But if you don't know what you're doing, it can be far too easy to simply make things worse, as well as putting yourself in danger. Thanks so much for writing!
Camelia Brown wrote on March 10th, 2016 10:03:07pm
This is incredibly helpful! You have answered so many questions I’ve had for years about how to care for rugs. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your knowledge.
Sarah Smith wrote on May 18th, 2016 05:05:21pm
Thanks for this list of ways to deal with and prevent mold. My husband is allergic to mold and we've been trying to find ways to prevent mold in our home. Hopefully, we can prevent the growth of mold but until then we'll find a mold restoration service to keep on hand just in case.
Jessie Harrison wrote on June 17th, 2016 09:06:06am
I got some water damage in my attic. We have a playroom up there and a sky window the can be opened above that. It accidentally got left open last night during a storm. The damage isn't bad, but water can do damage fast. Before any mold grows, I need to get some restoration done. You made it sound like it's pretty urgent to get immediate help.
Sarah Smith wrote on November 18th, 2016 03:11:03pm
I need to get rid of the mold in my house and want to prevent it in the future. To keep the space safe, I agree that you should never attempt to clean the mold on your own. If that is the case, then I would suggest getting the mold removed by a professional service. That way, you can be sure that the mold will be complete removed and that they can help you avoid mold in the future.