Water damage can occur for a variety of reasons in your home: a plumbing leak, a toilet leak, a shower leak, a roof leak... many situations can cause drywall, carpet or wooden floors to become wet for an extended period of time. Most people think that drying the wet areas is enough, but if your carpets or floors are soaked for an extended period of time, you will most likely have some mold issues to deal with.
It can take some time for mold to become visible in your home. If you have visible mold. you must take necessary and immediate steps to stop its growth. This is what the professionals recommend:
Step 1 - Remove the source
Mold grows in damp areas. You must remove the source of the problem first in order to stop the mold growth. Keep air flowing by running fans and opening windows. Turn on a dehumidifier in the affected areas. Be sure to check the holding tank, because it will fill with water and will need to be emptied frequently or it will not work. After the source has been fixed and the moisture has been contained, you can start cleaning out the mold.
Step 2 - Clean the mold
Wall and floors that have mold need to be opened up. Unfortunately, a lot of people skip this crucial step in the mold remediation process. Mold spores can travel through the air when not properly handled. We recommend a ventilator mask and rubber gloves. A professional company like BioSweep Southeast has all the equipment necessary to properly remove mold. We use industrial grade disinfectants to and HEPA filtration to to prevent the spores from traveling to other areas of your home. We also seal off and set up a containment area to prevent other areas to become contaminated.
Step 3 - Use Hydrogen Peroxide Gas to kill any airborne mold spores
We always recommend using the BioSweep H2O2 gas equipment to do a final "sweep" in your home. Accumulated debris, drywall dust, and particulates will likely travel to other areas of your home during the remediation process. We recommend gassing the entire home to prevent having other problems down the line. The gas will penetrate deep into any washable fabrics, upholstered items, and other porous surfaces that cannot we wiped. After all, you don't want to breathe any unclean air in your home after it is all done!!
Step 4 - Trust the professionals
BioSweep Southeast has been in business in Charleston, SC and surrounding areas for over 10 years. Our team of professionals is trained to handle even the most unique situations. Trust the professionals in mold remediation to work on your home and leave all areas clean and dry.