For Water Flooded Homes, Mitigating Mold Damage Becomes Homeowners Highest Priority

October 25 14:14 2017

Both hurricanes and broken pipes can flood the inside of homes

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – OCTOBER 25, 2017 – “Whether a flood is caused by regional natural disasters, localized ground water, falling water, or a home water system malfunction, there are some best practices you’ll need to employ within the first 24 hours to ensure the safety of your home and family, and give you the best possible outcome with your insurance company,” says Ben Stratman, owner of Creative Carpet Care & Restoration.

For most people, mitigating mold damage is the highest priority because of the health implication. Mold can develop within 24 to 48 hours of a flood, says Ashley Small of FEMA, so remove wet contents, including carpeting and bedding, as soon as possible. If an item has been wet for less than 48 hours, it may be salvageable. However, you’ll need to decide whether it holds enough monetary or sentimental value to try to do so. Also notify your insurance company before removing items to ensure that you’re not affecting coverage.

First of all, make sure you fully document the damage for your insurer by taking photos or video. Digital versions are best, says Stratman, because they can be stored electronically and easily copied. If you start removing water or making repairs before you photograph the damage, you could potentially decrease the extent of your coverage, he says.

Even if the water in your home is clear, it could be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals. If you’re doing cleanup work yourself, I suggest wearing waterproof waders or boots, as well as wearing rubber gloves to remove water-damaged possessions in order to avoid contaminants.

Mold growth can be controlled on surfaces by cleaning with a non-ammonia detergent or pine oil cleaner and disinfecting with a 10% bleach solution. (Caution: Never mix ammonia and bleach products, as the resulting fumes can be highly toxic.) Always test this solution on a small area of the item or area you’re cleaning to be sure it doesn’t cause staining or fading. 

Rugs, for example, may be dried and then cleaned professionally, which could cost $100 to $500 or more, depending on the size and number. Large pieces of furniture that are saturated will likely be difficult to dry effectively, and should often be discarded. 

Take photographs before removing wet wallboards and baseboards because insurers will want to see the height of any water damage to walls.  Carefully poke holes at floor level in the drywall to allow water trapped behind it to escape. 

Or, you may also wish to hire a flood restoration service, such as Stratman’s.

About Creative Carpet Care & Restoration 

Creative Carpet Care & Restoration have been in the business of restoring Colorado Springs’ homes and businesses to their pre-water damaged state since 2002. In that time, they have f aced all types of water damage situations and understand very well the stress that their clients are facing… concerns about their home or business and their financial future. Creative Carpet Care & Restoration prides themselves on providing superior water damage restoration services and excellent customer care.

For more information, call 719-722-2788 or visit their website: www.waterextractionco.com

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