Cincinnati Mold Remediation: Article About Preventing Mold
Whether a home has sustained water damage from a broken pipe, sewer backup, bad weather or from a fire, the homeowner needs to act quickly to remove the remaining water and reduce the potential for mold damage. It only takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to begin to set in. To prevent this damage from spreading throughout the home, the services of a Cincinnati mold remediation expert may be needed to contain it. If this is delayed, the infrastructure of the home could suffer serious damage.
Once the home is safe to reenter, the cleanup process should begin. Water removal is best left to the experts because even though all visible accumulations of water may be removed with a pump or wet vacuum, there could still be more in inaccessible areas. Using a wet vacuum to remove water from the carpeting may not be enough to remove all the moisture that has seeped into the padding or into the subfloor. Using a weighted extractor, a technician can remove most of the water by compressing the carpeting to bring it up to the carpet's surface where it can be vacuumed.
Water can hide behind walls, cabinets or under enclosed staircases and remain unseen until mold becomes visible or musty odors develop. Because of the danger that this smart water presents, specially trained technicians will use more sophisticated tools to detect where this water may be hiding.
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This often requires the use of high capacity air movers and heavy duty dehumidifiers. Throughout the drying process and afterwards, the humidity level in the home will need to be monitored to make sure it remains low and does not encourage mold growth.
In some cases, the water may actually be absorbed into the home's drywall and into the wooden framework behind it. Depending upon the length of time the water has been in the home, it may be necessary to rip out the drywall to prevent mold damage from spreading into the home's infrastructure. If this happens, major mold remediation may be necessary to prevent it from spreading even further. Mold that is left undetected can be hazardous to the health of those living in the home. In cases involving extensive mold damage, the walls will be opened so that the interior can dry completely and all materials inside can be sanitized.
It is important to address water damage as quickly as possible. While a homeowner's flood insurance will usually cover primary water damage, secondary damage may not be covered if there is evidence that the homeowner could have taken steps to prevent it.