Mould grows in environments that contain excess moisture, like on damp surfaces or in rooms with high humidity. Flooded properties provide it with the ideal conditions for growth, and can suffer from an extensive mould problem if not dried and cleaned quickly enough.
ICE Cleaning is a specialist cleaning company that offers thorough mould removal services. Its technicians are accredited by Dewpoint Professional and can eliminate all the mould in your home, including airborne mould. ICE Cleaning’s services are available nationwide.
Keep reading to find out the importance of professional mould removal after flooding.
How does flood damage cause mould?
Mould spores are always floating in the air. When they settle on damp surfaces, they start to grow. Pooled flood water in your home and wet surfaces are obviously at high risk of mould growth.
But you might not be aware that lots of surfaces and building materials can stay damp for a very long time after flooding, such as plasterboard, upholstery, and carpet. If not dried out properly or disposed of, they can lead to a major mould problem.
Mould can grow within as little as 24-48 hours, so fast cleaning and drying is essential to protect your home. Even if the rest of your home dries out quickly, a still-damp carpet can lead to a major mould problem that will soon spread to the rest of your property.
How to prevent mould after a flood
It is recommended you bring in flood restoration professionals to thoroughly dry out the property, and remove and dispose of any soaked materials. Flood damage clean up is a complex process that requires specialist equipment to do it properly.
This includes removing water and excess moisture, getting rid of flood damaged items that can’t be salvaged, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, and drying the home with a dehumidifier.
Professionals can give you peace of mind that your home will be dry, clean, and protected against future mould growth.
Why you must have professional mould removal
If your home has been flooded for more than two days, you should assume that your home is contaminated with mould. You can tell if mould is growing in your home after a flood if you can see visual patches of mould or notice a strong musty odour.
Although there are lots of mould removers on the shelves, just like with flood restoration you should hire mould cleaners.
Mould is very dangerous to be exposed to, particularly for elderly people and young children, and people with pre-existing health conditions. Without sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE), you could be at high of inhaling, ingesting, and touching it.
Any traces of mould left behind by ineffective mould remediation can be harmful, too, and will soon grow and spread. Professionals will have the PPE and specialist tools to eliminate all the mould growth in your property.
ICE Cleaning’s technicians have plenty of experience removing mould from a range of domestic and commercial properties.
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