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Floods and mold

Knowing what to do in case a flood occurs in your home can be valuable in the event of a natural disaster or catastrophe. Impacts of flooding include water damage to your home. Not as well know, mold is also a serious concern that can impact your house, from the structure to the health of the inhabitants.

Mold can grow quickly in damp environments, so a flood is the perfect breeding zone for this difficult to get rid of substance. It’s important to stop these pathogens before they spread across you home, typically 24 to 36 hours. The faster you act, the more you may be able to save.

Mold typically will grow on belongings that are more porous, for example any wood you may have in your home. It is important to get everything properly treated and removed. You will need to decide what you want to keep and what you think would be best to part with.

How do I know if I have a mold problem?

The best tools for detecting mold issues are your eyes and nose. If you see something that looks like mold or you are able to smell an earthy smell, you should be able to assume that a mold problem exists. Mold often appears as a discolouration of the surfaces of building materials or furnishings. You will also notice the moisture in the air and the smell of unusual odours in your home.

Why should I be worried about mold spores?

Mold spores and can germinate and grow in moist and damp environments very quickly, so it is likely that if you don’t deal with mold as soon as you find it, it will extend to other parts of your home. Indoor mold can trigger allergies or allergy-like symptoms in your body. Some other symptoms of mold exposure include nasal and sinus congestion, cough, wheezing, sore throat, skin and eye irritation and sinus infections. If you have any of these symptoms, we recommend that you see a health professional as soon as possible.

Can I clean the water or mold up myself?

It is best to leave water damage cleanup and mold removal to the professionals. Companies certified in home restoration services have the best training and equipment to help you with your problems. Canada’s Restoration Services is fully certified in dealing with these environmental hazards quickly, properly and professionally.

After a flood, the mold can grow and spread quickly throughout your house. It is not safe for you or any family members (including pets!) to be in the house during this time. It is best to call professional mold removal specialists to contain the issue and dispose of the mold without contaminating anything clean.

Will it be expensive?

The longer you wait to deal with the damage to your home, the more expensive it will become. The problem will not go away on its own. In many cases, your home insurance should cover the damage caused by the flood and mold. Canada’s Restoration Services deals directly with the insurance company so that you don’t have to. This will save you from wasting your time during the process. For those not covered by insurance, Canada’s Restoration Services also offers free, in-house, 0% financing for all jobs. 

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