Cleaning Up Water and Smoke Damage After a Fire to Reduce Mold and Mildew Issues

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The longer it takes you to get water out of your home, the more likely it is that you will have problems with mold and mildew. Because of this, it is important to start the clean-up process quickly. The first step to dealing with water damage is to get the water out. Even when the water is gone, you will want to dry your home out and make sure there is no moisture left behind. Here are some tips to help you get the water out quickly and reduce the chances of mold problems developing.

1. Cleaning Out the Water and Dirt That Comes with Flooding

The water and soot from smoke can be one of the main areas where mold and mildew can start to grow. First, you will want to remove any standing water that is in your home. When the water is out, you will want to start removing the damaged materials and soot that can be left behind from smoke. A diluted solution of bleach and hot water can be good to start cleaning mildew and soot that is visible. There may be some stains that are difficult to remove, and with these a smoke-damage restoration service can help you when you get started rebuilding your home.

2. Airing Your Home Out to Dry Any Moisture That Is Left Behind

Keeping your home free of moisture is one of the best things that you can do to prevent mildew and mold from growing. Once you have cleaned and all the water is out, open your home and put fans around to help circulate air. This will help to dry everything out and reduce problems with soot and smoke damage in your home.

3. Cleaning and Drying Grime to Reduce Areas That Are Ideal for Fungus Growth

Cleaning up after the first steps have been done is also important. You may want to remove materials like carpet that can harbor moisture and fungus spores. When you remove these materials, clean beneath them to remove grime and dry out the areas before you start with restoration. This may be something that you want to let a smoke-damage restoration service help you with.

These are some tips to help you get the water out of your home quickly and reduce the chance of mold and mildew problems developing. If you have water problems from a fire, contact a smoke-damage restoration contractor to help with cleaning up before the problems get worse.  

Talk to a company such as FRSTeam by DKS Dry Cleaning Restoration for more information. 

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