Mold Testing After a Flood

There are a number of different things a mold test tells you. For example, it can tell you exactly what type of mold you’re dealing with. This will allow you to determine how you should proceed. If you’re highly allergic to mold and display symptoms of mold exposure, you’re going to need a professional to take care of it for you.

Here are some other things a mold test tells you:

  • Whether the mold found poses a significant health threat.
  • The areas of the home need the most attention for mold prevention.

A mold test kit that is purchased from a store is not sufficient in determining the state of your indoor air quality problem. It only says yes or no if a certain species of mold is present. Some species are common and acceptable at some levels but not at others. For this reason, a certified mold inspector that collects air samples is the best option.

Water Damaged Homes Poses the Biggest Threat

If your home has been damaged by water, you’re going to see mildew and mold develop within 24 to 48 hours of the water exposure. According to FEMA, your home may have sustained damage from:

  • Flooding
  • Sewage Backing Up
  • Leaky Plumbing or Roof
  • Wet Basement or Crawl Space
  • Overflowing Sink or Bathtub
  • Humid Conditions

Mold loves moisture and humidity. Because flooded areas are wet and particularly in areas of the home that are the driest, this is where you’ll find mold and mildew hanging out. With less than a two day window of opportunity to clean, you’re going to want to get right on it by gathering up some supplies that will help you dry the area and kill the mold that you find.

Supplies Used to Clean Up Mold

Some supplies you’ll need to clean up water after flooding include:

  • Gloves in Either Latex or Rubber
  • A Painter’s or Respirator Mask
  • Rubber Boots
  • Rain Suit
  • Several Buckets
  • Heavy Duty Trash Bags
  • Scrub Brushes
  • A Wet-Dry Shop Vacuum (Rent or Borrow One)
  • Broom
  • Mop Sponges
  • Rags
  • Non-Ammonia Detergent
  • Soap or Commercial Cleaner
  • Disinfectant Chlorine Bleach

Make sure that you follow the directions on all cleaning products to prevent a chemical reaction from occurring. Protect your eyes, nose, mouth, and hands from the cleaner you are using and remove all wet furniture, building materials, and cloth.

Mold Causes Illness

It’s hard to prevent mold altogether. Mold lives outdoors and makes its way into homes through doors, windows, and cracks in the home. It thrives in warm environments and feasts on cloth, food, and wood. Mold can go from a small amount to a large amount very quickly depending on conditions found in the home.

Mold causes a variety of illnesses and can be potentially troubling for infants, children, and the elderly. Things like tightness of chest, difficulty breathing, and asthma are a few of the things that people with mold exposure experience.

Black mold, a particularly nasty form of fungi, is hard to remove and can be lethal. It’s been known to cause cancer in people who have been exposed to it.

It can also make people have headaches and asthma like symptoms.

If you feel like you need medical treatment after discovering or cleaning up mold, don’t hesitate to make a trip to the emergency room. It’s far better to be wrong about your condition than it is to ignore it and wind up with something far worse or more costly to deal with.

A mold inspection complete with testing is always a good idea whenever you have experienced a water damage in your home or business.

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