How To Prevent Mold After Your House Floods

Michael Rubino

October 10

Flooding in a home is definitely up there on the "worst nightmare" scenario list. Having an action plan in place before water damage occurs can help avoid microbial growth. And, in the event that it does pop up, reduce exposure by tackling the issue quickly and properly. 

No matter how well-built, our homes can’t always stand up to the destructive power of water. Water carves riverbeds through rock and washes entire communities away in floods. It can also bring another unrelenting force into our homes: mold.

Molds exist everywhere, often beneficially, in the environment. But unchecked, mold growth in our homes destroys building materials and can cause health problems like asthma, particularly in the immunocompromised.

“Mold can grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours given a food and moisture source,” says Michael Rubino, author of The Mold Medic, an Expert’s Guide on Mold Removal and founder of HomeCleanse and Change the Air Foundation. That’s why it’s important to act fast, if you can do so safely, to prevent mold from establishing after a flood.

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