Dampness in basements, walls, carpets, and wood all provide the perfect environment for mold. When flooding occurs, this creates the perfect condition for the mold to thrive and spread to different locations throughout a home. In order to protect your family’s health and your home infrastructure, you should follow these mold and moisture prevention tips:
- Fix leaks in pipes, and any damp area around tubs and sinks, so mold spores don’t have a growing environment.
- Rebuild, or retrofit, with water-resistant building materials such as tile, stone, deep-sealed concrete, galvanized or stainless steel hardware, waterproof wallboard and so on.
- Prevent seepage of water from outdoors into your house. It’s important to have rainwater from gutters or the roof drain away from the house. Ground around the house needs to slope away to keep basement and crawl space dry.
- Cover dirt in crawl spaces with plastic to prevent moisture from coming from the ground.
If a flood has occurred in your home or business, the first thing to do is to vacate the area and contact a professional to handle the rest of the waterproofing and cleaning process. First Call 24/7 will arrive immediately to your flooded home or business premise and begin proactively testing for the presence of any mold damage prior to the onset of health complications. 1-866-637-9699