Preventing Mould After a Flood

One of the hardest things for Australian homes after a flood is stopping mould from growing. Mould grows best in damp places, and if you don’t fix the problem immediately after a flood, it can become the perfect place for mould to grow. Follow these important steps to keep mould from growing in your home after a flood.

Act quickly: The most important time to stop mould growth is 24 to 48 hours after water damage. First, remove any leftover water and dry out the house. Use pumps, wet/dry vacuums, or mops to remove the water. To let more airflow in, open windows and doors.

Use Dehumidifiers and Fans: To help dry out the space, use dehumidifiers and fans. These tools work especially well in small spaces where airflow is naturally limited. Check these things regularly to make sure they are working properly and are placed so that the most air can flow.

Take Out the Wet Things: If the temperature outside isn’t too high, rugs, furniture, blankets, and other materials that can soak up water should be put outside to dry. Things that can’t be completely dried in 48 hours should be thrown away to keep mould from growing.

Clean and sanitise: Use a strong mould-killing cleaner on all wet surfaces after the water is gone and before bringing things back inside. Pay extra attention to places that are hard to see, like under rugs, behind wallpaper, or inside air conditioners, where wetness can build up.

Review Often: Even after the initial cleanup, keep an eye out for mould growth in corners, on walls, and other likely spots. Finding mould early can stop it from spreading and lower the health risks that come with being exposed to it.

By taking these steps, you can greatly lower the chance of mould growing after a flood, which will protect your house’s structure and your family’s health. Mould is a constant threat in flood-affected places. The best way to protect yourself from it is to stay alert and act quickly.

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