Preventing Mold Problem After Flooded Basement
How to Clean Up Your Flooded Basement To Prevent Mold Allergy Problems
As you will see, the indoor air quality expert interviewed in this segment offers practical tips for preventing mold spores from moving up from your basement into the rest of your home. For example, using a fan to blow air out a basement window prevents spore-filled basement air from going up into the home. Sealing the door leading down into the basement is another important precaution.
A dehumidifier is also highly recommended because it removes moisture from the air. If you only use a fan to dry carpet or walls, it only forces moisture from these items to go into the surrounding air. If moisture remains in the air, it will only help mold to grow elsewhere. So the moisture needs to be removed from the air using a dehumidifier.
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Unfortunately, carpet in a basement that has been flooded will need to be replaced along with the padding. And drywall will also need to be replaced up to about the 4 foot level just to be safe. You may not see it, but moisture will creep up the drywall above the flood water line. That’s why it is always best to remove the drywall up to the 4 foot level.
When the damaged, wet drywall has been removed, be sure to spray or fog the exposed studs and wall cavities with Endurance BioBarrier for the longest-lasting protection against the regrowth of mold that you can get. Don’t forget to spray the floor and other basement surfaces, too.