This summer has been particularly dry, and we could certainly use some rain to get things looking a bit greener. But if your home or business has cracks in the foundation, siding, or roof, summer rainstorms won’t do you any favors. In the case that your basement floods or rain starts dripping from the ceiling, we’ve come up with some steps on how to remove the water and moisture to prevent mold from growing.
- Stop the leak and do your best to dry or mop up the area. Mold thrives in moisture, so getting rid of the water within 48 hours is essential to mold prevention. If the area is flooded, use a wet vac, buckets, or bins to remove standing water.
- Document damages. This will be useful later on if you need to file an insurance claim.
- Throw away wet items that can’t be cleaned or are likely to grow mold.
- Once water has been dried up or removed, it’s time to dry wet furniture and floors. Many businesses in the Twin Cities area have humidifiers and fans for rent. Wet carpet may need to be ripped up to avoid mold growth underneath.
- Leave the area clean and get cracks repaired to prevent more flooding in the future.
The timeline for drying varies, but it will likely take a few days for your space to get completely dry. Keep an eye on the affected areas and look for signs of mold growth. If mold is growing in a hidden spot, you’ll typically be able to smell its musty odor.
If water wasn’t cleaned up quickly enough or if damages are in those hidden areas, you’ll be dealing with mold. Enviro-Air can find that hidden mold, whether its in your vents or under wallpaper.
As always, we recommend hiring the professionals to get rid of mold. It’s dangerous to attempt your own remediation, and only the experts will be able to eradicate mold spores and ensure that your area is dry and clean.