Key to removing mold
is immediate prevention. As soon as water gets into places it doesn't belong, minimize damage by to your property and furnishings by responding immediately. Call your insurance company first and then take the following steps:
• Disconnect the power and remove all electronics, furniture, and other moveable contents from the area. This includes pulling out carpeting and underpadding. Remember, do not enter any affected area without first disconnecting all power and electricity. • Remove the water. If possible and appropriate, pour buckets of water down drains. Otherwise, pour it into lawns or other permeable surfaces around the property. Continue your work with towels and mops until water has been completed evacuated from your building. If you plan to use a wet-dry vacuum, make sure you find a plug that is not located near the water. Do not use an extension cord because if the connection meets the water, it could short and shock you and others in the area. A sump pump may also be a viable option. • Thoroughly dry the area. If the weather is dry, you can open windows for good ventilation and use fans to circulate air more quickly. A dehumidifier helps you get the area dry as quickly as possible. You may need to cut away any areas of drywall that were affected by water because the space behind the drywall is perfect for mold growth.