Water damage can be a terrifying experience often faced by Elgin residents. It can be due to plumbing damages, leaks, or natural calamities. But what’s worse about water damage is its after-effects, which can be more destructive than water damage itself.
One of the major crises of this water damage is mold and mildew growth. Molds and mildew form when the contaminated water and the moisture remain unattended for a long time.
Mold and mildew might lead to severe health issues like runny nose, red and itchy eyes, allergies, etc. It can also cause significant structural damage to your entire property.
Thus, it is essential to address the water damage as early as possible and prevent mold growth inside your property.
In this blog, we have discussed a step-by-step procedure by our experts at Total Solution & Restoration that will help you prevent mold after water damage.
How To Prevent Mold After Water Damage?
1. Drain The Standing Water
Firstly, drain out the standing water from your property. Wear your gloves, safety goggles, and mask, and start draining the standing water using buckets or a suitable vessel.
Experts at Total Solution and Restoration advise using a portable water pump if the home is flooded with excessive water. A pump will make the process fast and reduce the chances of mold formation.
2. Remove The Damaged Items
As the next step, remove the water-damaged items from the affected area, and separate them. Porous materials like carpets, upholstery, and rugs will require special attention.
In case of minor water damage like leaks, you can use a wet-dry vacuum to soak water from the carpet, rug, and upholstered furniture. For severe damage, we suggest getting a professional’s help to clean and disinfect them, as they are more susceptible to mold growth.
3. Dry The Affected Area
After removing the water-damaged items, start drying the area by soaking the excess moisture. Wipe the floors and other wet surfaces and absorb as much water as possible.
You can also use large fans or dehumidifiers to accelerate the drying process. We suggest keeping your windows and door open to increase ventilation. Make sure all the affected areas like floors, walls, and ceilings are free from moisture.
4. Clean And Disinfect The Place
Clean each and everything that was affected by water damage to eliminate all the germs and bacteria and make the place shine again. Rinse the water-damaged items thoroughly with clean water if required.
Use suitable and appropriate solutions to clean the surfaces. You can use a scrub to clean the hard surfaces. Let the solution sit for a while, and rinse it out with clean water. Lastly, dry the area.
5. Seek Professional Advice
In case of significant damage, our experts always suggest hiring a professional water damage restoration company. Because getting experts help is the best thing to do during water damage emergency. Professionals can effectively restore your damaged property and bring it back to pre-loss condition.
Thus always choose to seek professional advice. Our experts at Total Solution Cleaning and Restoration are well-trained and experienced, ensuring a deep-cleaned property without causing any damage and preventing mold growth.
Feel free to call us at (815) 575-0568 for any assistance in water damage cases