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Water Leak, Moisture Intrusion and More
Steps to reduce the risk of mold growth in the event of a water leak
O3Pros™ recommends that you dry items asap before mold grows, if possible. Mold can grow instantly if there is adequate temperature, moisture and nutrients provided.
To dry carpet and backing within 48 hours, remove water with a wet vacuum, pull the carpet and pad off the floor, and dry them using a fan to blow air over them. A dehumidifier can be used to reduce the humidity in the room where the carpet and backing are drying, while fans can be used to accelerate the drying process.
Water can be removed from concrete or cinder block surfaces with a water-extraction vacuum. Dehumidifiers, fans and heaters can also be used to accelerate the drying process. Hard surface flooring (such as linoleum, vinyl and ceramic tile) should be vacuumed or damp-wiped with a mild detergent, and allowed to air-dry. They should be scrubbed clean, if necessary. If the under-flooring is wet, it should be dried using a vacuum or by exposing it to the air.
Non-porous, hard surfaces, such as plastics and metals, should be vacuumed or damp-wiped with water and a mild detergent, and then allowed to air-dry. Scrubbing may be necessary to thoroughly clean the surfaces. Water should be removed from upholstered furniture with a water-extraction vacuum. Fans, dehumidifiers and heaters may be used to accelerate the drying process. Completely drying upholstered furniture within 48 hours may be difficult, so if the piece is valuable, consider consulting a restoration or water-damage professional who specializes in furniture.
Drywall, also known as gypsum board or gypsum wallboard, may be dried in place if there is no obvious swelling and the seams are intact. Otherwise, removal is necessary. The wall cavity is the most difficult area to dry, and it should be ventilated if the drywall is left to dry in place.
Drywall is not made out of boards of wood; traditionally, drywall is made of the mineral gypsum with a layer of heavy paper on the outside and inside. Commercial gypsum boards and drywall are also available with a variety of outside layers and coatings. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a typical new home contains more than 7 metric tons of gypsum.
To clean water-damaged window drapes, follow the manufacturer's laundering or cleaning instructions.
To clean wooden surfaces, remove moisture immediately and use dehumidifiers, fans and gentle heat to dry them. (Be very careful when applying heat to hardwood floors.) Treated or finished wood surfaces can be cleaned with mild detergent and clean water, then allowed to air-dry. Wet paneling should be pried from the wall for drying.
Some water-damaged items, including ceiling tiles, cellulose and fiberglass insulation, drywall and gypsum board, and books and papers, may have to be discarded. If valuable or important books, documents or other items are moldy or water-damaged, consult a restoration, water-damage or remediation expert.
These guidelines are for addressing damage caused by clean water. If you know or suspect that the water is contaminated with sewage or with chemical or biological pollutants, then OSHA requires PPE and containment. An experienced professional should be consulted if the remediators do not have expertise in remediation of contaminated-water situations. Do not use fans until it is determined that the water is clean or sanitary. This is very important to your health. - O3Pros™