Historic flooding in the Midwest means that many people will return home to flood damage. Damage from the Midwest flooding is expected to cost over a billion dollars.
Flood damage is not only a financial burden but an emotional one. The entire process of assessing flood damage, processing insurance claims, and cleaning up is overwhelming. Assessing flood damage is stressful but can be made simpler by knowing what you need to treat first. Look for the following problems in your home:
Mold spores thrive in damp conditions, which is why mold is a serious issue after a flood. When exposed to moisture, mold spores only need 24 to 48 hours to develop into a colony, and mold has long-term health implications and causes structural damage wherever it grows. Mold is difficult to control once it forms and usually requires professional services for areas bigger than 10 square feet.
Mold and mildew have many similarities. For example, mold and mildew grow in wet and warm environments. Generally, mildew is not as dangerous and may cause mild reactions such as headaches or coughing. Mildew is less invasive, and homeowners can clean mildew without the help of a professional.
Mosquitoes are a problem after flooding, especially during the summer. Since mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, mosquito populations explode after a flood. You won’t feel the effects of a mosquito population boom until later when mosquito larvae become adults. Homeowners should dump standing water and consider hiring a mosquito control company for sustained mosquito control.
When to Hire Professional Services?
Mold Individuals affected by mold after a flood should consider hiring a mold remediation company. Remediation professionals not only have access to the right tools, but they can assess damage more accurately. The average homeowner may not detect mold growth in hidden spaces such as air ducts.
Look for mold remediation experts that are thorough. For example, avoid a mold remediation company that doesn’t take pictures or protect clothing or equipment. Mold remediation experts should not only remove mold but stop the spread of mold.
As mentioned earlier, mildew is less damaging than mold. Homeowners can clean mildew without the help of a professional.
Homeowners can do pest control at home but should consider a pest control professional to penetrate the underside of leaves. Pest control professionals have access to more powerful equipment, such as a backpack mist blower, and know to check areas where mosquitoes hide.
Stay tuned! Next, we will discuss educating homeowners on the mold remediation process.