Addressing Mold in Flood-Damaged Homes

Hurricane Harvey has certainly left its mark as one of the more damaging storms ever to hit America, especially for the state of Texas. Thousands of homes were destroyed, and even more homes were damaged or flooded. Even after six months, the effects of the hurricane are still being dealt with, with many realtors, mold abatement agencies, and inspection/restoration companies agreeing that Hurricane Harvey’s mark may be felt for many years to come.

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If your home was one of the many that were flooded during the hurricane or has suffered flooding damage for any other reason, you need to act fast and address all mold issues in your home before the summer season hits. The summer heat alongside the residual moisture from flood damage will not only encourage the growth of mold in your home but it will kick it into overdrive. If left ignored, the mold development could cause health problems for you and your family, as well as structural damage and weaknesses for your property.

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With this said, here are some ways you can address the mold in your flood-damaged home.

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  • Have your home’s moisture levels checked. Get a professional restoration company involved to check the moisture level of your home. By doing this in different areas throughout your home you can get a good idea of where mold may potentially develop, as well as how much attention these areas need.
  • Get your home completely dry before adding drywall. The key here is to bring down the moisture level of your home as much as possible, by at least 15%. Turn on your air conditioners, fans, and even dehumidifiers to help with the process. This may take weeks, sometimes months to do, but it’s worth it in the long run.
  • Scrub away mold. If you find any areas on hard surfaces with a light coating of mold, aggressively scrub them away with a strong detergent, bleach or diluted vinegar. You can also supplement your scrubbing with over-the-counter antimicrobial products. For heavy mold, however, it’s best to leave it to a professional mold abatement agency.
  • Get your home inspected
  • Get your home inspected. After you’ve cleaned everything and had drywall installed, hire a licensed mold inspector to have everything checked out and certify that your home has the mold and moisture issue all sorted out. This is important as the certificate that you will be given afterward by the inspector will be required should you ever wish to sell your home.
  • Keep the receipts. No matter if you tried doing the mold abatement yourself or you hired someone else to do it, always make sure to keep all the documentation involved in a safe place. You never know when you’ll be asked to prove that you had the situation taken care of promptly.

Don’t let the ghost of Hurricane Harvey haunt your home in the form of mold. By acting now you can spare yourself and your loved ones the health problems that come with mold infestation, as well as the structural weaknesses that your home could suffer. Contact WOW Total Restoration at 512-233-6964 and take advantage of our years of expertise and experience in home restoration and mold remediation. We serve all clients from the Houston and Austin, TX areas.

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