STEP 3 - HOW DO I CLEAN UP MOLD
Secrets Of Mold Revealed!
For the first time ever, we have secrets of mold revealed! Did you know that after a flooding of virtually any volume (from a ceiling leak to a full flooded house) your soaked home is the perfect real estate spot for dangerous mold?
Mold are fungi life forms that reproduce from seed-like spores. Their living inside a home could result in a household's allergic reactions, asthma attacks or even lead to respiratory illnesses. Consider 4 important secrets about mold and what you can do to prevent the development.
1. Molds are attracted to dark, humid rooms with warm temperatures.
The aftermath of a flood is the perfect climate and situation for the developing mold to grow. As long as mold has a source of moisture and something carbon like paper, wood or clothing, they can survive. A wet carpet, a wet piece of furniture or a puddle of water under the refrigerator is an ideal place for mold growth.
2. Mold advances much faster than mankind.
Within hours after landing, mold can start reproducing and forming colonies. This is why after a flood situation, immediate action is required to prevent the infiltration.
Regular carpeting after a flooding situation should be thoroughly cleaned and dried within 48 hours of the water damage. After 48 hours, especially in warm temperatures, it very well might be too late to salvage the carpet from mold and bacteria contamination.
3. Mold can be nasty when provoked...actually it's always nasty.
Mold thrives on dirt and dirty surroundings. Mold has an eye for dirty real estate and can sense when a carpet or a piece of furniture looks clean but still contains left over residue. It's important when cleaning up after a flood to also totally disinfect the area in addition to washing and rinsing.
Water, chlorine and detergent effectively kill off living mold and prevent the growth of new spores. Careful cleaning of not only the dirty area, but also surrounding areas is advised so that what you terminate doesn't return.
4. Mold hates the desert.
Mold needs moisture to survive. Even though the organism can live off of very little food, it is dependent upon water. Therefore, it is important to not only clean surfaces and furnishings after a flood but to make sure they are also thoroughly dry.
Just because you clean the surface of a carpet doesn't mean the mold has been wiped out. In carpets that are completely wet it may be necessary to replace the padding underneath so that no left over moisture can spawn new mold development.
A vacuum is best when drying off home furnishings; last but not least, be sure to to exhaust the vacuum into an outside area. Vacuuming up the mold, mildew and bacteria only to send it elsewhere in the house defeats the purpose of cleaning.
Mold is not that smart of an enemy, yet so many people continue to have problems keeping these lower life forms out of their house. But now you can breathe comfortably, since you know the secrets on how to get rid of mold and keep your house clean!