When a flooding incident or a leak has occurred, it's easy to be primarily concerned about visible damage. But there's another concern that can be more major: mold can easily grow within your home following the accident. Some molds are harmless, but other molds can be toxic enough to be fatal over time. 

Stripping Out Carpeting and Padding

Carpeting and padding will often remain wet even after they have appeared to have dried. It's not always possible to tell whether the padding under carpeting is wet. Because of this, the carpeting and padding should actually be pulled up in order to allow them to completely dry—unless professional drying equipment is available. 

Reducing Humidity and Drying the Interior

The humidity of a home will have a substantial impact on how quickly it dries. The faster your home dries, the less likely mold will be to develop. You can use a dehumidifier in order to reduce the general humidity of a room. In addition to this, you may want to open doors and windows in the home. Fans can also be used to circulate the air and reduce moisture. Furniture should also be removed from the rooms, as it can wick up moisture and reintroduce it into the environment.

Treating and Sanitizing Surfaces

There are many disinfectants that are intentionally designed to treat against mold. You may want to test these disinfectants on surfaces in your home before treating your entire home, as they could potentially discolor wallpaper, paint, or cloth. Spraying these disinfectants throughout your home once the flooding has been addressed may be enough to prevent significant mold growth, even if there is still some moisture.

Hiring Professional Water Damage Cleaning Services

If the flooding has involved stagnant water for some time, hiring a professional service like Arkansas Restoration Services Inc may be necessary. A professional cleanup service won't just handle issues such as mold; it will also look for any potential structural damage. Professional services will also have the equipment necessary to restore and preserve your furniture and precious items.

A few weeks after a flooding incident, it may be worthwhile to have a professional service check the air quality of your home. This air quality test will reveal whether or not dangerous mold spores may have developed. If mold is found to be in your air, you may have to hire a professional. You may also want to hire a professional if you have expensive items to protect, such as hardwood floors.