Tips for minimizing mold after flooding

Posted at: 09/16/2013 10:54 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

As families across the state deal with flooding inside their homes, restoration companies are working overtime to address the damage before it turns into something worse.

Once mold starts growing it's a much different animal to remove.

Service Master Water Recovery in Albuquerque says they've had over 200 calls for help since Friday.

But the company's experts tell KOB Eyewitness News 4 there are some things you can do yourself to minimize mold.

1.) After a flood, open up your house. Get cross ventilation going, and let dry air fill the house.

2.) Get some fans to help circulate that air.

3.) Know exactly where your main water shut off valve is located. Turning off your water until you know your pipes haven't been damaged can help you avoid more flooding.

4.) The big one; if you have a damp section of wall, where water may be trapped, make small ventilation holes in the wall to get dry air into the area. 

"Most likely it's in your walls, where you can't see it in dark, wet places," said Service Master general manager Ben Back. "But a small hole in the dry wall so you can repair it, if it's starting to smell and you know it's wet, just small holes the size of (a) highlighter for instance in between each of the studs, you can get natural air flow in there."

Service Master passes out fluorescent tags to attach to a water shut off valve so you can easily find it. You can always make your own with a bright luggage tag.