Can You Prevent Mold After a Flood? | Certified Mold Testing
It’s the time of year where New Jersey faces heavy downpours of both rain, wintery mix & snow. This year, in particular, New Jersey has seen nearly 70 inches of precipitation – one of the wettest years on record! With many storms dropping several inches of rain each, the Mid-Atlantic saw heavy downpours and record flooding. Unfortunately, flooding means moisture and moisture means mold & mildew. With water tables higher than normal this year, it is not uncommon to have a flooded backyard with each rainstorm. But what happens if that moisture makes it into your basement & home? Can you prevent mold? Are there prevention methods?
What Should You Do When A Flood Occurs In Your New Jersey Home?
The first step when a flood hits is to find the source of the flooding. Since basements are the most commonly flooded locations, sump pumps may need to be inspected to ensure they are still in working conditions. Additionally, you may need to find where the water is seeping in through. Most likely from the edges of the basement or cracks in the floor, however, following heavy rainfall water can make its way through windows, cracks in the foundation and cellar doors.
Once the source of flooding is found it is time to begin drying. Open windows and doors of the affected area (unless it is still humid or raining of course). Begin removing damp and wet items. A small amount of dampness can become a breeding ground for mold in as little as 24 hours! Use fans, professional floor dryers, and dehumidifiers to ensure the flood water is dried throughout the entire area. Unfortunately, circulating air and dehumidifiers may not reach all areas that were underwater. Hairline cracks in the foundation, wooden steps, and sheetrock may still have dampness and the potential for mold growth.
Where Does Mold Testing Come In?
Mold testing is important following a household flood. Despite efforts to dry the affected area, moisture can make its’ way into small, hidden areas that may not be completely dried. These hidden areas are the most common and susceptible to mold growth. Within as little as 24 hours you may have mold growing in the affected area & can quickly spread throughout your home. Mold Testing is an important step to ensure your home is safe from mold or to help give you a plan of action in the event that mold is present. Within 48 hours following a flood, it is important to call you New Jersey Mold Testing company to inspect your home for signs of mold. If mold is found, an inspection report and remediation suggestions will be given!
Remember, it’s important to avoid a conflict of interest by using mold testing services rather than mold remediation.
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Contact Certified Mold NJ-NY today to learn more about mold in NJ homes. Our experienced Bergen County mold testers have extensive experience testing for mold after flood damage. We welcome the opportunity to educate you on our mold testing services in New Jersey and New York. Mold prevention after a flood is essential for a healthy home.