While most people think that the worst part about dealing with a basement flood is the subsequent removal of water, many could argue that it is in fact preventing mold from growing in the area. If you have been following us for a while you probably already know that we covered both mold and floods in the past, but never both at the same time. Today, we would like to take it one step further and teach you how to prevent mold after water damage.
Once the water has been completely removed from the room(s), it is absolutely crucial that you remove wet furnitures and items as quickly as possible. We recommend that you recruit help from your friends and family as mold tends to grow quickly after water damage. The next step involves performing a thorough clean up of the area. If you are unsure of how to do this, you might want to refer to this Alberta Health Services guide. Remember that the quicker you act, the less damage there will be.
After having cleaned the area properly, ventilating the room(s) comes next. You can do that by installing fans, opening windows (assuming that the weather permits it) and installing a dehumidifier if you do now own one already. The goal is to get the air moving and to remove any excess moisture that might be present in the area.
Once you have completely eliminated the risk of mold growing in your basement, the next step involves returning the furnitures, items and carpets to their original places. Ensure that no mold is growing on the latter, especially on the carpets. We highly recommend hiring a carpet cleaner if absolute peace of mind is what you are looking for.