Water Damage Hurricane Season : Wellington : Mold

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How to Keep water Damage in Hurricane season in Wellington From Promoting Mold in Your Home

Water damage during hurricane season in Wellington can bring a very nasty visitor to your home that can actually do more financial damage than the water itself. It's called mold. Mold is no stranger to Florida thanks to its hot and humid summer climate that provides ideal conditions for the growth of mold. Toss in water soaked carpets, wallboard, ceiling tiles, drapes, insulation and no power for air conditioning and you have a regular petri dish for mold growth.

If mold becomes widespread in a home the value of the property will plummet. The financial loss plus the health risk to your family are prime motivators in dealing with the problem quickly and decisively.

After a hurricane your first call should be to your insurance company. Hopefully you will have already researched and selected a water damage repair firm like us who operates 24/7. Contacting that company should be your second call. Every hour counts when it comes to preventing or controlling mold.

In fact the Environmental Protection Agency recommends that the following actions be accomplished within 24 to 48 hours after the water damage is incurred:

  • Waterlogged books and papers should be discarded. Photocopy important documents. As an alternative you can freeze the documents in a frost free freezer and deal with recovery later.
  • Carpet and backing should have water removed and ventilation provided to the flooring under the carpet. In some cases the carpet and backing need to be discarded.
  • Cellulose and fiberglass insulation should be discarded.
  • Ceiling tiles should be discarded. However, before replacing them make sure you can get ventilation to the space above the tiles to assist in drying out.
  • Upholstered furniture. Use a water extraction vacuum to extract water and then use fans and heaters to dry out.
  • Wallboard. Can be dried in place if there is no obvious swelling. If swelling is present the wallboard needs to be cut out and discarded.

The key is to attack the problem as soon as you can. Water damage due to hurricanes comes with a host of different issues than say water damage due to burst hoses on a washing machine. You attention is being demanded by a host of other problems to include loss of power and perhaps roof repair. Those are important but stopping mold trumps those concerns in the long run.

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