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Dealing with water damage is never fun, and can lead to disastrous aftereffects.  One of the main issues you may face is mold.  There are definitely ways to prevent it, and Authorized Services is here to help!  We’re explaining several ways you can fight off mold from growing inside your home or business after you suffer from water damage. air duct mold removal sarasota

The most important thing to do is remove or drain the water as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Removing the water will allow for you to assess the damage and dry out the wet areas.  The longer it stays damp, the more time you give to mold to start growing.  Wet-dry vacuums are a great tool for sucking up any residual moisture and can be rented if you don’t already own one.

Water damage doesn’t only affect flooring, it can affect all types of furniture as well.  Towels and rags can absorb a great deal of water if you can’t access a vacuum, and can help you dry out furniture as well.  Taking the extra time to wipe down bathroom floors, window sills, and other areas that are often dampened can help stop mold from growing.   

In addition to your furniture, your AC can be affected as well.  If you’re experiencing any of the following, you’ll want to get your air conditioning unit checked out – headaches, coughing, itching, sneezing, dry skin, sore throat, runny nose, and eye irritation.  These can all be indicators that the AC unit is pumping mold spores into your home,, which can cause negative health effects and spread mold to more of your home. 

It is key that you not only dry surfaces that were wet but disinfect them as well.  Biocides specifically destroy living organisms like bacteria should be used, which most disinfectants include.  If any items are damaged beyond repair, you’ll want to replace them as quickly as possible.  If any surfaces retain a moldy smell or change color even after being dried out and sanitized, you’ll want to toss them.

Finally, dehumidifiers are great tools for keeping your home free of excess moisture.  Mold loves warm wet environments, so eliminating the type of environment where it thrives will greatly reduce the chance of mold spores growing.  You want to keep the humidity in your home below 60% at all times.  

If you’re dealing with mold after water damage, Authorized Services can help.  You can reach us by phone at (866) 590-335.  We are conveniently located at 121 Triple Diamond Boulevard, Unit 4 in Venice, Florida to best serve Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and Lee counties.  Remember, got mold? We are the experts!