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How to Prevent Mold Growth and Termite Infestation After Water Damage

Posted in Blog | Mold Inspection on May 14th, 2018 by Hunter Adams

Water damage can devastate a property, but cleaning up the spill isn’t the end of the job. Unless you take preventative action, mold and termites could soon call your property home.

Preventing Mold After Water Damage

Mold can grow in just 24 hours after water damage, so it’s important to act quickly. Make sure you remove any standing water pronto. While a wet/dry vacuum may clean small spills, call a professional cleaning crew for larger spills. Take out any wet furniture, rugs, and other items to speed up the process. Carpet padding will need replacing, although you may be able to salvage your carpet.

Next, remove water from the air. Run fans and dehumidifiers and open all windows to air out your wet rooms. Finally, sanitize your floors with steam cleaning and walls with a chlorine bleach solution. This will prevent mold growth.

Preventing Termites After Water Damage

Termites are attracted to homes with a convenient water source, so taking the mold prevention steps above which remove water from the home should be a big help. You may also like to lay down termite baits and treat the wood in your home with termite repellent to deter the pests when your home is vulnerable.

Once your home has dried out, make sure you close those windows and seal off other access points like cracks and holes in your property’s foundations. You don’t want to make it easy for those termites to move in.

Monitor the Situation

Immediate action is important, but don’t get complacent as the months go by. An annual mold and termite inspection can detect these pests and potential sources of water damage before they become serious problems.

If you’re concerned about the threat of mold or termites in your Montgomery County home, contact MoldTesting.com. We inspect homes in Maryland, Northern Virginia, Delaware, and Washington D.C. for these property pests. Call 301-717-1454 to arrange your mold or termite inspection today.