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Mold naturally grows in the environment but you may want to avoid having them grow inside your house as they can cause health problems and furniture damage. Molds carry allergens which have been studied to cause allergies and trigger asthma attacks. They grow very fast, usually in humid areas so remember this every time a pipe bursts or a flood or any other type of water build up occurs inside your house. You may not know it, but after a pipe burst or flood, mold can grow in as fast as one to two days. Therefore, it is important that you act immediately and do a water damage restoration.
Before anything else, you should check if you have the proper gear needed for the process. If doing damage restoration after a flood, make sure you wear waterproof garment since flood water may contain bacteria. Also make sure that you are working in a safe environment. Check for any electrical outlets or appliances that are near the water build up to avoid accidents. Turn off the main switch to your power supply before you touch any wet surfaces.
During a water damage restoration, the first thing you should do is stop the source of the water. In case of a pipe burst, turn off your main water supply switch or try to temporarily cover the gap in the pipe until you can get a plumber to replace the pipe. Then you are ready to inspect the damage, clean up and restore damages.
The key to a successful water damage restoration is to act quickly. After you stop water from further accumulating, the next thing you should do is to drain the accumulated water. An electric pump or vacuum will do best but a bucket and sponge will do just as well. After you have successfully pumped out the water, dry your floors, walls or any other appliances that have been soaked in the water. Make sure to dry them completely and do disinfect for bacteria.
Humidity also hastens the growth of mold so during you water damage restoration, increase ventilation by opening windows or using a de-humidifier. If you see any condensation build up while drying, wipe them immediately.
After a day or two from undertaking the water damage restoration, check the area again for any possible mold growth. If you do find mold, don’t panic; mold remediation is part of any water damage restoration. Just scrub the area free of mold by using detergent and a brush or damp cloth. When doing this, remember to wear gloves, respirator and goggles to avoid mold from getting into your body. Completely wipe dry the area after.
If you think the water damage restoration is too hard for you to handle, hire professionals to do the job for you. Usually, they will know what to do with wet furniture and carpet, hard to reach areas and advise you who you need to completely replace any furniture. But before you go ahead and hire a water damage restoration services, check their credentials and the services they offer. If you are on a tight budget, compare prices. However, remember that mold grows as quickly as one or two days so you should contact the services as early as possible.
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