It is very important to clean up and dry-out the property immediately after water damage caused by flooding, water leaks and condensation, before mould spores have a chance to accumulate and grow. Take a look at our advice below for helpful tips in dealing with cleanup after flood and water damage in order to prevent mould.
Identify and eradicate any sources of moisture.
Mould cannot exist and grow without moisture. Therefore you must first find and eradicate the source as described above.
Completely remove and dispose of mould-contaminated materials.
Porous items like insulation, plaster, carpeting and other floor coverings, ceiling tiles, wood, clothing and textiles, furniture and furnishings, and paper should be bagged in plastic and removed. Non-porous materials like important documents and photos can be saved if they are properly cleaned and dried.
Drying out all materials that are wet.
Do this as soon as you possibly can. These should be dried or removed from the building if possible. For severe moisture problems, use space heaters and dehumidifiers and move wet items away from walls and off floors.
Cleaning non-porous or semi-porous items.
It is possible for mould to grow on hard materials like plastic, concrete, glass, or metal, but this can usually be removed with careful cleaning.
After you have removed all visible mould from contaminated surfaces, a disinfectant may be used to kill some of the mould that may still be present. Disinfection should not be a substitute for cleaning and removal of mould.
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