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Preventing Mold Damage After a Flood in Phoenix

9/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold infestations spread quickly throughout your home. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for remediation services right away after damage.

SERVPRO Starts the Mold Remediation Process by Determining the Source of Mold and Drying Out Your Property

Whether your home flooded from a storm, water line break, or anything else, getting things dry should be near the top of your list of priorities. Otherwise, your home may begin to develop mold growth. Mold can make a bad situation worse, covering surfaces in hazardous and unsightly patches and colonies. Worse, Phoenix mold damage is virtually impossible to remove without professional tools and training, leading to greater costs for you in the restoration process. Here are a few quick tips to slow the spread of mold in the aftermath of a flood.
Dry Everything Quickly
The most important catalyst for mold damage in Phoenix is water. Excess water is what allows mold to grow, especially in the dry atmosphere and climate of the Sonoran Desert. In the aftermath of a flood, your home is probably soaked, giving mold spores all the water they need to grow and spread around the home. Take initial steps toward dryness as soon as possible, and be sure to contact a professional mitigation service like SERVPRO to implement a thorough drying procedure as quickly as possible.
Stop Your HVAC System
If you find mold in your home, stopping your HVAC system may help to prevent it from spreading to other rooms. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems circulate air and mold spores alike throughout your home, quickly propagating a mature mold colony. Do note, however, that this may be inadvisable in the summer months when turning off the air conditioning could cause your home to overheat.
Call a Professional
Even if any visible water evaporates quickly, there may still be hidden patches of moisture soaked into materials or hidden behind objects around your home. SERVPRO technicians use thermal imaging technology to determine if your home is truly dry or not and to find any potential centers of mold growth. Without a thorough search, your home could be developing a mold colony that remains hidden behind a wall until it is too late.
SERVPRO of Litchfield / West Phoenix has years of experience dealing with mold damage and knows the best steps in both preventing and treating mold in the home. If you find mold in your home, call us right away at (623) 594-6033.

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