Here in the Houston area, we’re pretty familiar with flooding. Our storm seasons can be pretty active, and throughout the years, there have been some major floods that have hit the area. Floods can devastate homes in many ways. Even if the flood waters don’t cause any immediate damage, their long-term effects can be quite serious — particularly, when it comes to mold damage. With water damage comes mold growth. So, it’s very important that you take the right steps after a flood or any water damage occurs in your home to prevent mold growth.

How to Prevent Mold Growth after a Flood

1. Remove all water damaged items–For the most part, you’ll want to get rid of anything that’s below the water line. That includes furnishings, carpet, etc. Promptly removing these wet items can help thwart the spread of mold throughout the rest of your home.

2. Get the water out–After removing water-damaged items, it’s time to get all of the water out of your home. Vacuum it up using HEPA-wet-dry vacuums that help suck up any moisture, mold, and soils without spreading any particles around your house. You’ll also need to remove any affected flooring, drywall, insulation, or other wet materials during this process.

3. Dry it out–It’s important that you get your home dried out quickly. Mold can grow within 1 to 2 days, so you need to get your house clean and dry fast. Consult with experts on how to best ventilate your home to dry it out without spreading mold spores.

4. Get a mold inspection–A professional mold inspector can identify any areas where mold may still be growing after the restoration process. This is important for identifying troublesome areas and putting a stop to mold growth as soon as possible to prevent serious problems. Schedule your mold inspection as soon as possible.

Don’t let mold destroy your home. Follow these simple tips to prevent mold growth in your house.