When there is a flood in your home, whether it was caused by a natural catastrophic event or a broken pipe caused it, your walls are definitely going to get moist and wet. While personal property such as clothing and home furnishing are unquestionably easy to handle, even if that means getting rid of some of it, walls are a bit harder to correctly take care of.
However, there are a few things a homeowner can do to mitigate the water damage. Acting quickly is of the utmost importance! Do not let your walls stay wet for more than 24 to 48 hours. If your walls stay wet for a longer time, structural wood framing will be completely destroyed and will have to be replaced. In order to prevent this, remove all of the wet walls, whether it be drywall or plaster, from your building. Also, if there is insulation behind the walls, remove it.
Air is Very Important
Once the walls have been discarded, your best bet for reducing mold damage is to let air in from the outside. Air circulation will help your structure dry faster than it would on its own. If this does not work after a day, call First Choice Restoration with offices in Philadelphia, PA, Bucks County, PA, Delaware County, PA and Camden County, NJ to complete the job with their industrial strength drying equipment. Additionally, we will prevent mold damage from occurring with our antimicrobial treatment.
If Mold Does Occur
Caution must be exercised in removing the mold ridden walls as disturbing the affected walls will cause release of mold spores that could have an adverse affect on your health. Do not mix ammonia and bleach to treat any mold-contaminated walls. Mixing the two together will surely cause toxic fumes that will have an adverse affect on your health.
In most cases, it is best to hire a certified, licensed, and insured professional such as First Choice Restoration to eradicate any water or mold problems. If you live in Northeast Philadelphia, North Philadelphia, West Philadelphia or South Philadelphia we are here to service your needs. Give us a call at 1-800-370-0770 for fast service.