Clean up the water as soon as you notice it – or call someone who can.
If Mother Nature has proved anything this year, it’s that she can flood some of the most random areas at will. Water damage can take its toll on just about any object reducing it to useless trash. The same can be said for the home. Prolonged water damage can cause a variety of problems later on including the development of severe mold infestations.
Analyze the Damage Closely – Although you could have the flooded area mopped up, are you sure you have surveyed the actual damage thoroughly? Depending on how the flood occurred in the first place, there could be puddles of remaining water within walls, ceilings and floors that are the breeding grounds for mold. Without an in-depth examination of the area, you could be allowing mold spores to influence your home or business. It may be worth the extra time it takes to investigate the matter further.
If we have learned anything from the Alberta flooding is that you can never trust the naked eye to tell if you don’t have mold. Having a qualified inspector come in to test the air quality can tell you if there is something hidden in the walls or floors. If it’s visible then you already know there is a problem that needs to be fixed before it causes potential health problems.
Letting Water Drain Itself – In some cases, property owners have allowed a flooded basement to simply dry itself out as the water slowly drains away through sewage lines. But without using a professional that can set up proper equipment and use the correct dry down method of a basement, this has caused severe damage to the remaining drywall in the basement as black mold infests the area. It’s not uncommon to see the mold itself dictating on the walls where the water line once was in a flooded basement. Prolonged exposure to moisture can perpetuate the problem even further as the mold can easily spread to consume that moisture. Instead of spending the money and time to pump out the water and dry the area as quickly as possible, these property owners are now faced with an even more expensive problem that can decimate the resale value of the lot.