Flood Damage and Mold is a serious issue. Within the last two weeks my grandmother has hauled over a hundred buckets of water from her basement in Delano, MN. Like many Minnesotans the recent rainstorms caused water to pool in her basement. The flooding and aftermath across Minnesota was detrimental enough that Governor Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency in 35 counties1. In Delano, the Crow River flooded the downtown area and closed down a main bridge1. Unfortunately, Delano wasn’t the only city that faced severe damage.
The number of storms that cause flooding has increased in recent years and many believe it will become the new normal1. Water damage can be expensive to fix and may take a significant amount of time and resources to clean up. However, it is important to take care of as soon as possible as standing water and wet materials are breeding grounds for mold growth2. Depending on the amount of mold growth present and the period of exposure to mold growth there can be serious long-term health risks2. Overtime mold growth can affect the indoor air quality in your home2.Below is a link to a booklet, Flood Cleanup and the Air In Your Home published by the Environmental Protection Agency.
In addition to health concerns, mold growth and moisture may eventually compromise your home’s structural integrity3. Depending on the damage and the individual’s sensitivity to mold it is recommended to call in a professional. The Mold Removal Experts at Ecometrex always put safety first and service a wide range of areas in Minnesota. If you try to tackle the situation remember that protective clothing and masks should be worn3. Below are steps you can take (if you are able) to help prevent or reduce mold growth in your home after flooding occurs.
Steps you can take to prevent mold growth after flooding:
When you should call a professional:
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