Mold and mildew thrive in high-moisture environments and nothing increases the amount of water in your surroundings more than a recent flood. Mold colonies pose serious health risks to both allergic and non-allergic homeowners. Black mold, in particular, releases highly toxic spores that could lead to serious health problems to you and your family. Basement waterproofing systems can only do so much to stop the spread of this dangerous organism, especially if your home has been inundated by floods.
There are ways to keep mold and mildew colonies at bay and our experts at Rapid Dri have listed down a few of them here.
Like all living things, mold needs water. Controlling or removing any source of water in your basement can have an immediate effect on mold growth. Once flood waters have receded, empty out your basement of all wet objects. If you have egress windows, keep them open during the day but closed in the night.
Using a Dehumidifier
Once the basement is cleared of any sources of water, run a dehumidifier through your HVAC system if possible. Keep it turned on until all porous and absorbent materials such as insulation, dry walls and carpets are completely dried out. Have a professional foundation repair contractor inspect the foundation walls for any water-related issues.
Minimize the spread of mold spores by wiping all surfaces with a disinfectant. Remember to use safety goggles and a mask to prevent harsh chemicals from getting into your eyes, nose and mouth. Dry out your basement completely for two to three days before use.
Keep your home safe, secure and more importantly, dry with Rapid Dri, your number one resource for high-quality foundation replacement, basement repairs, crawl space services and more. Give us a call today at (734) 272-4495 to request a free estimate or ask us about our no-obligation in-home consultation. You may also fill out our online contact form and one of our friendly representatives will get in touch with you shortly. We serve Ypsilanti, as well as all neighboring areas in MI.