In this video, you will learn basic practices of cleaning up mold quickly and safely caused to flooding. It is important to contact mold removal companies to assess and clean out a flooded building. This is because mold spores germinate within 48 hours in a wet, damp place, and they continue to grow as time goes by.
When mold removal companies like USG Corporation start a job, they dry out the building as quickly as possible. They open and drain all cavities and use fans and dehumidifiers to circulate dry air and draw moisture from the damp materials.
If you see or smell mold, remove any possible hideouts it may be including carpets or cushions.
These qualified professionals always wear protective equipment, like an n95 respirator, gloves, goggles, rubber boots, and disposable clothes. This protective clothing also protects them from floodwater containing sewage or industrial overflow with bacteria or toxic materials.
After drying, assess the water damage, and if the structures are beyond repair, then tear out and replace. For less severe damage, remove the wallboard up to 2 feet above the waterline where the wallboard was in direct contact with floodwater. For buildings built before 1980, call in experts to assist with materials containing asbestos or lead paint.