The Importance of Mold Testing After Water Leak or Flooding

Mold resulting from flooded basement

Mold resulting from flooded basement

When water has penetrated a structure, the need for a specialist to test for mold is imperative especially if the structure did not dry within 48 hours. Study after study has shown that particular molds cause both short-term and long-term health issues.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently posted mold prevention strategies discussing the necessity to test structures for mold after a major flood or intrusion of water. The link below provides an in-depth look into why mold prevention is critical to avoid long-term health effects. The document also states, “Numerous species of mold cause infection through respiratory exposure. In general, persons who are immunosuppressed are at increased risk for infection from mold.”

Typically once a specialist detects mold, specific steps are necessary in ensuring no further contamination occurs. For example, mold testing after water leak or flooding is important as molds grow very quickly. Below are a few steps to expect when you begin remediation.

  1. Containment. The remediation company will isolate the area with plastic or a zip-wall type of structure. Unauthorized persons should not attempt to enter this barrier for safety reasons. This training video provides detailed information on how to install a zip-wall.
  2. Removal. The company uses a bagging and removal process on any contaminated items that cannot be salvage or cleaned. Typically, porous items require removal if the water has remained beyond 48 hours. Large plastic bags can keep the mold-infested material from creating further contamination.
  3. Cleaning. The remediation company will use various remedies to clean mold from the structure. Wet vacuum, HEPA vacuum, damp wipe, and specialized cleaning material are the most common remedies to restore the property.

NC State University created a very comprehensive guide on mold remediation. However, this material is an informational guide to help lay persons understand the requirements to remediate mold. Consumers that have experienced a flooding situation should still seek professional advice when dealing with mold. Be wary of remediation companies offering free mold inspections. Companies that only deal in either testing or remediation are the best advocates because no underlying financial agenda exists. You can contact us if you find yourself in need of professional advice.

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