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Preventing Mold Growth After Water Damage And Flooding

Written by Casey Shearns on . Posted in , .

Any moisture that enters your home is never a good time. Water damage can lead to mold, mildew, and even structural damage. This is especially paramount if you live in a location that experiences all four seasons. Mold needs four things to grow.  

  • Moisture
  • Food (starch or sugar)
  • Temperature (Usually between 41-104 degrees)
  • Oxygen

Steps to Preventing Mold

Whether moisture came from a recent storm that left you flooded or a leaking pipe, it will have the necessary elements to grow mold if water finds its way between your walls. When water damage does occur, it is best to take action to mitigate any damages and avoid mold growth. 

Dry Area Immediately 

Try to attend to the wet area as soon as you can. It is most effective to treat the area within the first 48 hours. Depending on how much water there is, a shop vac will do wonders at removing large amounts of moisture.  

Warning Signs

After you initially dry and tend to the area, it is essential not to leave it unattended and forget about it. You want to be aware of any other warning signs that may pop up later on. Mold can present a pretty recognizable odor. It gives off a musty smell and is not pleasant. Another sign will be how the area looks. It will give off a dirty appearance, or if in a bad case scenario, it may come back after cleaning the area.  

Removing Damaged Materials

If there are materials that got wet that cannot be cleaned or dried, it is best to remove them entirely. This may sound easier said than done, especially if there is damage inside a wall. Water damage in a wall can be messy as you may find yourself throwing away anything from your drywall to your insulation due to damage.  

Contact Soil-Away 

If you have dealt with water damage in the past, you know how big of a headache it can cause. Our expert team at Soil-Away is here to help with immediate cleanup of mold and water damage restoration. For more information on water damage, contact our 24/7 emergency water and flood damage cleanup at 603.641.6555.  

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Jay KorsenJay Korsen
00:51 04 Aug 22
All I have to say is WOW and FANTASTIC. I just got done building out my new professional office with Soil-Away’s construction division and they went ABOVE and BEYOND. Scott and Mike, the carpenters are skilled artisans. The project got done on time and the project came in on budget! The finished results have been blowing people away. Much better than I could have anticipated. Anyone is welcome to come to our office, Bright Light Chiropractic in Hooksett to check out the fine work they did. Simply can’t sing enough praises for them. Sorry that the picture doesn’t do the job justice. Thank you Jack and your team. -Dr. Jay
Asian BreezeAsian Breeze
04:28 15 Jul 22
Since day one, I’ve known the owner, Jack, to be a hard-working and selfless leader. Through the efforts of him and his team, he was able to restore my flooded restaurant to tip-top shape. I was amazed with Jack’s orderliness throughout the entire process. Jack has proven to me that he is trustworthy, as both a friend and an individual in the work environment.
Breton LangendorferBreton Langendorfer
21:17 07 Jul 22
Highly recommend Soil-Away. A pipe in our upstairs bathroom gave and sent water down through a wall for at least a day before we noticed water dripping through our kitchen ceiling. Our insurance put us in touch with Soil-Away and they were at our house the next morning to assess the damage and dry things out. Joe, Ray and Tom were phenomenal to work with. They explained every part of the process to us and were very professional and friendly. If you have to deal with similar issues call Soil-Away, you won’t regret it.
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13:49 15 May 22
Superior service from start to finish. Highly responsive. The entire team is dedicated to quality and customer care and it shows in everything they do – from first call, to estimate, to job completion.
Sarah GrugnaleSarah Grugnale
16:02 14 Jan 22
Joe and Tommy were amazing to deal with, they kept us updated every step of the process. They were punctual and hard working, answering all of our questions that we had. Everything was done as promised and even above and beyond. A great experience from start to finish.