Bacteria and Mould Removal

This is a biggie. Never underestimate the level of bacteria in your home or the devastating power of mould spores. Most homes have a little bit of mould in hidden areas but we can manage that and clean as it appears. But flooding is bigger than that and wet flooring, wet walls and damp cupboards allow mould to have a field day. Have a read of this snippet from the NSW Government Health Department;

In order to reproduce, mould produces tiny particles called spores. Spores are carried in the air and may cause health problems if inhaled by people who are sensitive or allergic to them. These include a running or blocked nose, irritation of the eyes and skin and sometimes wheezing. Occasionally, people may have more severe reactions. Very rarely, people may develop a mould infection, usually in the lungs. www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/Pages/mould.aspx

Once you have experienced a flood in your home whether it originated from clean tap water or a flood from an external source you can be sure mould will grow rapidly. Mould grows easily and its favourite spot is dark, warm, moist areas … just like under your carpets.

Mould will also grow inside your wall cavities due to water seeping under the bottom of the wall. With a specially designed meter, we can check for moisture levels and attend to any dampness that is not visible to the naked eye.

There are a number of home based remedies that can be used to eradicate mould and they are fine for small regions. If you have had a large area of your floor flooded, you need the services of a professional who is equipped with knowledge, experience and specialist equipment including test meters. They can then get your home cleaned efficiently.

Apart from ensuring the wet carpets have been dried, cleaned and sanitised, it is important to inspect all floors once dried for any signs of mould spores. If the flooded carpets have been attended to without excessive delay, the likelihood of a mould infestation will be greatly reduced.

Steps to minimise mould in your home after a plumbing accident or flooding;

  • Get carpets cleaned, dried and sanitised as quickly as possible
  • Ensure furnishings are either clean and dry or removed to an outside area
  • Do not place large furniture items on carpeted floors until you are advised it is dry enough to do so
  • Inspect all floor areas for signs of mould
  • Inspect floor corners inside wardrobes
  • Inspect inside low set cupboards
  • Remove all wet items from the home and place outside

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