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. It will speed up the process of removing mold-producing moisture from the air.
If you use a fan to dry carpets, furniture, floors or walls, it forces moisture from these items to evaporate 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 in addition to exterior ventilation.
Unfortunately, carpet in a flooded basement will almost always need to be replaced along with the padding.
Drywall will also need to be replaced up to the 4 foot level or more depending on how deep the water rose. 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 water damaged drywall up to the 4 foot level or higher.
When the water damaged drywall has been removed, be sure to spray or fog the exposed studs and wall cavities with our non-toxic Endurance BioBarrier Mold Prevention Spray. It provides the longest-lasting protection against the regrowth of mold that you can get. We guarantee it. And it can conveniently be applied to damp surfaces as long as those surfaces are allowed to then air dry.
Don’t forget to also spray the floor and other basement surfaces in order to be pro-active in preventing mold spores from landing and growing.