Recovering from flood damage to your home is often not simple or easy. It can even be dangerous. But there are steps you can take to keep yourself safe. There also are steps that can help you limit the damage and get started more quickly on the road to recovery.
Mold is a health hazard, and it can start forming quickly. It is especially dangerous for people with allergies to molds or with asthma. People with a weakened immune system, such as people receiving treatment for cancer, are also at higher risk. However, the amount of mold that can form after a flood can be dangerous to anyone.
Take these steps to prevent mold from forming:
You may see or smell mold on clothing, drywall, furniture, cardboard boxes, or books. It may also be hidden under or behind items like carpets, cushions, or walls. Mold is a fungus with a musty, earthy smell, but sometimes can smell worse. You may also notice it by its color, like green, brown, yellow, or black.
If you find mold, here are some tips for cleaning it up:
If you have flood insurance, it will help you pay for damage and repairs. You’ll want that help as soon as possible. To get that process started:
It is likely you will need some professional help for repairs. If you do, be careful about deciding who to hire.