A flood can cause a great deal of immediate concern for you and your loved ones. In the days following a flood new rounds of dangers start to appear. Mold can take hold and spread quickly and you may never even see it happening. Below, let's take a closer look at the hidden dangers of mold and how you can eliminate these dangers from your home.
Potential for Danger
Floods can be a result of a maintenance malfunction, damaged infrastructure, or Mother Nature. There are several immediate dangers following a flood including deep or high water and downed electrical wires. While certainly a major concern, many dangers present themselves in the days or weeks following a flood. Not only can dangerous bacteria manifest within stagnant water, but often mold can start to grow. Due to the dark, cool places where floods usually occur, mold has the ability to reproduce and spread very quickly often completely out of sight.
There are many different types of mold that exist naturally both inside and outside your home. Tiny microscopic mold molecules, called spores, live in the air. Given the right conditions, these spores can start to grow and germinate. Typically, mold requires a dark, damp space to propagate. These conditions are exactly what remain following a flood. Mold can live within any organic material such as drywall, carpeting, ceiling tiles, deep within the structure of your home. If left unchecked, mold can lead to serious health concerns including nasal congestion, coughing, and chronic upper respiratory infections. Infants, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are extremely high risk for developing serious health conditions if exposed to mold for extended periods of time.
To be sure that mold is successfully remediated it is best to call in the help of a professional service. A professional cleaning and restoration company will be able to screen the flooded area and detect the presence of mold. Once the mold locations are identified, a team will work to remove and dispose of any infested carpeting, drywall, or ceiling tiles. For areas of your home that can be saved, the team will use commercial cleaning products that will kill any mold or mold spores, preventing the mold infestation from returning in the future.
At CCS Cleaning & Restoration, we understand that a flood is a traumatic and difficult time for you and your family. We want to make the aftermath of the flood as easy as possible. Our caring and professional team will gladly come and assess the mold damage. Depending on the condition of mold, we will be able to clean or remediate any potential dangers. To learn more about our cleaning and mold remediation services check out our website at carriagecleaning.com.