Has your home recently been through a flood? Flooding can occur for multiple reasons, from accidental leaks to natural disasters. Given that it’s hurricane season, now seems as good a time as any to talk about how to help your home recover, should you experience any unfortunate flooding. The question is, once you have completed the initial water removal, which are the areas where water is most likely to linger, leading to mold growth? Keep reading to learn more about spots in the home likely to experience mold damage after a flood, and remember that for all your water damage restoration needs, you can always count on our pros at FP Property Restoration.
The Top 4 Areas in Your Home Most Likely to Suffer from Mold Growth Post-Flood
- Inside Your Walls: Even if your walls may look dry, that does not mean they haven’t absorbed a lot of water. Drywall is fairly porous, and therefore easy for water to seep through. As a result, and mildew often form in your drywall when your home is in its post-flood state. Mold can start growing in your walls as little as two days after extreme water damage, so make sure you have a water damage restoration professional like one of our experts at FP Property Restoration look inside for your walls if your home has recently experienced a flood.
- Under the Cabinets: Much like your walls, cabinets are usually made of wood, making them another spot likely to experience mold growth. On top of this, many cabinets are made from particleboard specifically, which is made from wood shavings and epoxy. Although this combination of materials is affordable and makes strong cabinets, particleboard is extremely prone to mold infection when it gets wet. Even a small amount of moisture in particleboard can cause mold to start growing, such as dripping water from a loose pipe or drain—so you can imagine what might happen after a flood. Pay close attention to your cabinets if your home has recently been flooded, and if you do need cabinet replacement, remember to call FP Property Restoration for your custom cabinetry needs.
- Throughout Air Vents: Because your air vents run in your walls and under your feet, most people do not think about them very often, unless they are looking at their registers. But the combination of moisture and humidity is a key factor in causing a mold colony to form, and while most vents are made from metal, the dust and debris inside them can create an environment that’s quite conducive to mold growth. You may not know there is mold growing in your vents until you detect a funky odor coming from your registers, so it is a good idea to have them inspected if your home has been through a flood.
- Under Flooring: Wood flooring, carpeting, and rugs are all prone to experience mold growth when exposed to excessive moisture. It is a good idea to air your carpets out every once in awhile to prevent mold from forming, though if your home has recently experienced a good, this may not be an option. Have a restoration technician look at your floors after a flood, especially if you have wood or laminate flooring, which cannot be torn up and aired out easily. In some cases, you may have to replace parts of your flooring if the flood damage is severe.