If you live in an area that's near a large body of water, there's sometimes only so much you can do to prevent any flooding in your home. Some natural disasters like hurricanes or swelling levees will make it impossible to be absolutely certain you won't get flooded. In these cases, it's a good idea to prepare for the worst and take measures to prevent mold from taking root.
The Danger of Mold After a Flood
According to Web MD, if you don't take steps to prevent mold from happening, you may run out of time in just 36 hours. Mold can grow extraordinarily fast after floodwaters recede. In addition, mold has been known to cause serious breathing problems in many different people.
It can also seriously exacerbate a preexisting condition such as asthma or allergies. Mold exposure can make you feel exhausted or short on breath, give you a sore throat and cause you to start wheezing. This is why prevention is important.
One approach to preventing mold from taking root in your house is to cover areas you're worried about with barrier sprays. Many of these products even come with a guarantee that mold won't grow in an area you treat or they'll provide you with some type of compensation. It's obviously important to verify these guarantees, but many of them aren't voided by flood exposure.
It's important to check that the product you're thinking about using has been approved properly by the EPA in order to make sure it's safe, which means you should avoid buying overseas through unauthorized channels.
These products often use new technologies in the form of latex polymers that have safe fungicides injected into them. Then, when the barrier product is added to a surface, the fungicide bonds with the surface using the latex as a medium. This way, any mold that tries to take root in the surface dies.
Another approach for preventing mold is to go to the areas that were affected by flood damage after the fact and expose them to ultraviolet light. There are products you can use that will do this, and sunlight on its own can help as well. The key is to not do it for more than 30 minutes at a time.
Ultraviolet light is highly damaging to mold spores. So this procedure can kill off any microscopic spores that might be attracted to the moist area after a flood. This is a method you can use to prevent mold from anchoring even after a flood, which is also an advantage.
For more mold prevention tips, contact a local water damage restoration company.
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