Returning home after a flood is the first step towards regaining control of your life. Unfortunately, there might be an unwelcome guest: mold. Mold is a dangerous thing to have around the house, and you’ll want it gone as soon as possible. If mold isn’t handled quickly, it can become a serious health hazard to you and everyone else living in the building. There are steps you can take to get your home back to normal. Let’s go over how to handle mold cleanup, as well as safety precautions.
Prepare To Clean Up
You don’t need to identify the mold type. No matter what type of mold is in your home, it can be a health hazard to everyone living in the house, so cleanup is always urgent. Before starting any mold cleanup, call your insurance company and gather photos of the scene. Get rid of anything wet with flood water that can’t be cleaned or dried entirely between 24 and 48 hours. Remember, drying your home and getting rid of water-damaged materials is the biggest step to preventing mold damage.
You’ll want to wear protective gear when performing mold cleanup. This includes gloves, goggles, and face masks. Exposure to the hazardous elements can be a threat to your health, so keeping yourself covered is a top safety priority.
Be Cautious With Bleach
Bleach is a popular choice for dealing with mold cleanup. If you choose to go with bleach, you’ll need to be careful. Wear a mask, gloves, and goggles to keep yourself protected. You’ll want to keep these four tips in mind to keep yourself safe.
- Never mix bleach with other cleaning products
- Never use bleach directly from the bottle to clean surfaces. Don’t go beyond one cup of bleach per one gallon of water when doing mold cleanup. Stronger, more professional strength bleach should use less than one cup of bleach per one gallon of water.
- Always open doors and windows when using bleach. This lets fumes exit your house.
- Always protect your nose, mouth, skin, and eyes against both the mold and the bleach by using an N-95 mask, gloves, and goggles. N-95 masks can be found at hardware and home improvement stores.
Let ServiceMaster Help You
ServiceMaster has over 60 years of experience restoring people’s homes and businesses with cleanup services. Our experts will guide you through every step of the process in as painless a manner as possible. We are committed to providing excellent work, exceptional customer service, and peace of mind to our clients.