• How Can I Prevent Mildew Growth after a Water Leak?

    Are you worried about mold and mildew following water damage? Here’s what you need to know.

    Water damage can cause all kinds of problems and inconveniences - mold and mildew growth is a top concern. Besides being incredibly stressful and a major pain in the neck, dealing with water damage can make you worry about the after-effects, such as structural damage, damaged or destroyed belongings, and, of course, mold. But is mold preventable? Here are the best ways to prevent mildew growth after a water leak.

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    The Top Priority is Water Extraction

    Effective water extraction is the number one step to take after you've had water damage. Trying to pull all of the water out of a flooded area after a leak on your own is not advisable as it is difficult to ensure you've removed all of the water. Any moisture left behind is going to create an ideal breeding ground for mold and mildew.

    Professional water extraction is done with specialized equipment and the expertise to ensure all of the water is removed from the area. This includes special floor, cabinet, ceiling, and wall cavity dryers, as well as dehumidifiers and industrial fans to make sure all of the moisture and humidity are gone.

    Treatment after Extraction

    Once the water is extracted, the next important step is to treat the area with sanitizers and antimicrobials. This inhibits the growth of bacteria that help mold and mildew to grow and multiply. It also helps to get rid of that pesky smell that always seems to linger after water damage - the smell is primarily caused by the growth of bacteria. With the right products and applications, there will be no unpleasant odors to remind you of the water leak.

    It's tempting to take things into your own hands if you find a leak and water damage in your home or business, but the truth is, even with the best efforts, a DIY attempt could leave behind enough water and moisture to leave you with a house full of dangerous mold.

    In order to fight mold and mildew resulting from water damage effectively, contact the experts at Whitehall Carpet Cleaners.

    By: Matt Lashway Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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