In light of Ottawa & Gatineau flooding, the local mold removal experts at Mold Busters thought it would be helpful to shed some light on the daunting task of cleanup now that the rain has finally started to subside.
There is some long-standing confusion surrounding what needs to be done first after a flood. In fact, a lot of people do not know the difference between water damage restoration and mold remediation and often think it’s the same thing.
And let’s not forget that most homeowners are so emotional and anxious after experiencing a flood that they often do not act fast enough to remediate their homes.
So here we would like to offer some professional advice to all the home and business owners affected by the Ottawa & Gatineau flooding.
Step 1: Water Damage Restoration
Water damage restoration is the first step in flooding cleanup. It refers to drying all affected materials within 48 hours of the water damage. If this step is not done promptly or properly, mold growth will occur and any fibrous materials (drywall, carpets, wood, fabrics, paper, cardboard, etc.) will be at risk of mold contamination.
While it’s fine for homeowners to remove water from their homes themselves at first, they should call in professionals as soon as possible to begin the complex drying process, which requires industrial equipment like dehumidifiers, air movers and fans. What do these machines do?
Dehumidifiers do exactly what their name implies: they remove moisture from the air. Air movers rapidly move air around and thereby increase the rate of moisture evaporation from wet materials. Using this process, you can dry wet floors, wet carpets, wet walls, wet furniture and any other flood-damaged areas. Air movers and fans are also frequently used for ventilation purposes.
Step 2: Mold Remediation
If, despite all water damage restoration efforts, mold does start to grow in the flooded building, the next course of action is professional mold remediation. Why professional? Because you need to be extra fast and extra careful to prevent the mold from spreading. And unless you yourself are a professional, do-it-yourself mold removal is not recommended in order to minimize damage to your property and maximize protection against mold.
Once again, professionals use high-grade industrial equipment to clean mold from the root and to remove all mold spores from the air, ensuring safe indoor air quality. Learn more about the mold remediation process.
Bottom line: The ultimate goal of water damage restoration is to dry the flooded area while the ultimate goal of mold remediation is to remove mold from contaminated areas, belongings and air.
We hope that this information will be useful to property owners during this trying time in our city. Ottawa & Gatineau flooding has reached historic levels this year. And if you or anyone you know are struggling with a water-damaged home, contact Mold Busters for a same-day appointment.