The heavy winds and rains associated with severe storms can cause plenty of damage to and around your neighborhood, but it is the high waters and flooding that you really ruin your home. Once water is inside your home, drywall and other building materials literally act like the wick of a candle, pulling water from floor level up the wall or from the ceiling down. However, there are things you can do to mitigate the damage.
First and most important is speed. Mold can begin to grow within 24 hours given moist and warm conditions and a food source. So it is critical to be prepared before the storm and then to act before the mold can gain a foothold.
There are protective measures you can take before a flood that can help:
- Don’t build or buy a home in a floodplain unless special precautions are taken – like elevating and reinforcing the home against flooding or constructing barriers like levees, beams and floodwalls
- Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel if susceptible to flooding
- To prevent sewer traps from backing up, install check values that prevent flood water from backing up into the drains in your home
- Seal the walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage
- Learn the area and know where drainage channels, canyons, streams, rivers and other water can come from
- Stock up on bottled water (your public water supply may not be fit to drink for a long time after a flood), food and first aid items
During a Flood, there are steps you can take to keep your family and your home safe:
- Turn off electrical appliances and utilities (unless the equipment is already wet or in standing water)
- Bring in outdoor furniture and move essential items to an upper floor
- Listen to the radio or television for information. If you suspect a flash flood, move to higher ground immediately, don’t wait for instructions to move
- If you are in the middle of flooding, don’t walk or drive through moving water
After the flood, follow these guidelines to help mitigate the damage:
- Don’t return home until authorities indicate it is safe to do so
- Avoid flood waters, which can be contaminated by oil, gas or sewage
- Don’t step in water if there are downed power lines nearby
- Don’t drink the community water until you know it is safe
- Flood waters may can roads and structures to weaken and they could collapse under the weight of a vehicle of even a person
- Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits and leaching systems as soon as possible
- Get the water out fast!
- Clean and disinfect everything that got wet – that may mean removing portions of drywall and insulation to remove the source of moisture and food for mold
Even if you remove the water right away, it is still possible for mold to grow. That’s when a product like Mold Off® can help prevent or destroy mold and mildew at the source. Mold Off® is a green, eco-friendly, pH neutral and biodegradable mold removal product. The product is safe to humans and pets yet cleans better than the other harsh products on the market, and it won’t cause any dangerous health issues.
Best of all, Mold Off® doesn’t require a lot of hard work. Just spray it on affected surfaces and walk away. Mold Off® will do the work for you!