If rainwater flooded your home recently, you may have a great deal of storm damage to clean up. Two of the problems you most likely face right now are mold and black water. If you don't dry up your home and reduce the humidity levels in it, both contaminants can quickly take over your house and cause many health issues for your family and pets. Here's how mold and black water affect your home and what you can do during your post storm cleanup to treat them.
What's So Dangerous About Mold and Black Water?
Mold grows exceptionally well in warm, damp conditions, including situations caused by intense seasonal storms. The fungi spreads by contaminating soggy flooring, walls, and other surfaces with spores, which feed off the organic material found in the things they land on. Depending on how waterlogged your home is right now, it can take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours for mold spores to develop in your home. If the conditions are very favorable, mold can grow much sooner.
Black water, also known as sewer water, enters your home if sewer pipes break in your yard or in the neighborhood streets. Sewer-contaminated floodwater is generally one of the most dangerous types of water you can encounter. Sewer water contains various parasites, different types of bacteria and other microscopic organisms that have the potential to cause respiratory, skin, and digestive system problems in humans.
Having your home professionally cleaned and dehumidified can help protect you and it from the issues above.
How Do You Clean Up Your Damp Home Safely?
You should understand that if your home is contaminated with sewer water, you should contact a water remediation company for help. You should never attempt to clean or remove anything contaminated with black water yourself. It's also important to understand that items contaminated with sewage may not be saved due to safety reasons. A remediation company will generally remove and discard all items exposed to sewer water properly and clean items not exposed to it for you.
After making your home safe to work in, contractors will place dehumidifiers in different rooms to dry out the damp flooring, walls and other items. Dehumidifiers suck up the moisture inside your home, which helps reduce or stop mold growth. The process can also help destroy pathogens like bacteria. The dehumidification process may take a while to complete, depending on how flooded your home and items are. If you have concerns about the time or process, consult directly with the contractors.
If you need assistance now or wish to learn more about post seasonal storm cleanup, contact a contractor today.