Melbourne Forensic Cleaning provides tried and proven regimens of mould removal and flood water remediation expertise by following stringent procedures
What happens to a city when a storm system dumps an entire year’s worth of rain in in a short amount of time. Lives can be lose. Homes can be decimated and unfit for occupancy, bridges collapse and dams gave way. Even if the storm ccell is dissipating, the health catastrophe can continue to unfold in slow motion. After the wrath of a big storm has passed, what should a homeowner or renter do to keep mould from growing in their homes? Here are the essential steps to consider after your home has been flooded.
Proceed with Caution
After being displaced from your home, most people instinctually want to get back to their house as soon as possible. You are curious about the damage and want to get back to a normal life as soon as possible. However, if the situation was dire enough to leave your house, you should return with caution. The home could have been structurally damaged, the electricity and water may not work properly and seeing your damaged home may be emotionally overwhelming. And mould may already have started growing.
The best option is to hire a professional to perform the clean up and restoration. Not only is this the best way to keep your house and family safe, but you will have the peace of mind that comes with knowing there will be no mould left behind. If you choose to perform some or all of the clean up yourself, the steps below may help you determine what needs to be done.
Remove the Flood Water
If you go back into your home after a flood, there may still be water present. This water needs to be removed so that the clean up process can begin. You can use buckets and mops, or you may need to use pumps if the water is excessive. Depending on the situation, you may end up with a plethora of debris in your home as well which also needs to be removed.
If in doubt, take it out. Perhaps the most critical step in disaster recovery from a mould perspective is to remove all porous items in your home that cannot be completely cleaned and dried. Mould grows very quickly so the quicker you remove wet items, the better. This includes drywall, carpet, some types of hard flooring, furniture, insulation, clothing, leather, wood and any other porous materials. If you are unsure whether or not an item is susceptible to mould growth, err on the side of caution.
Melbourne Forensic Cleaning is Here to Help
If you have been through a severe storm or a major flood, mould may understandably be the last thing on your mind. But after the dust has settled and your family is safe, it is a topic that you must remember to address. When floodwater enters your home, mould can begin to grow almost right away.
Regardless of how big or small you mould problem may seem, it is always recommended you employ an experienced and trained team of specialist mould removal experts. Melbourne Forensic Cleaning has a tried and proven method of mould removal. By following stringent procedures, our team of mould removal experts can ensure the safety of our non-toxic, non-allergenic products and provide ongoing protection to help prevent re-infection of the affected areas. We use advanced moisture-testing equipment on the building structure to determine its moisture content. After a thorough investigation, we then bring in specialised airflow equipment that ensures mould spores are contained and the job is completed in the most efficient way. Finally we determine the correct drying method for the situation and specify the most appropriate drying equipment. The last stage is a rigorous programme of clearance testing to ensure your mould-affected property is safe for habitation. Our mould remediation services are available across Victoria and include not only Melbourne but also Geelong, Torquay, Warrnambool, Ballarat, Shepparton, Wodonga, Warragul, Traralgon, Sale & Bendigo.