My House Flooded. How to Dry it Out and Find Signs of Mold

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2019 has been one of the worst years for flooding on record. Most of the Midwest has been hit with higher than usual water levels and many homes have been damaged. If your home has sustained damage and like many, you don’t have adequate flood insurance, you might find yourself at a loss as to how to tackle the disaster. Water not only destroys a house within hours, but it also poses a huge health risk if not dealt with immediately.

Mold can start to grow within 24 hours of water entering the structure and while it might not be visible to the eye, mold can be present and cause upper respiratory issues if not dealt with. According to FEMA, mold exposure can lead to the following:

  • Respiratory problems – wheezing, asthma attacks, nasal and sinus congestion or a dry, hacking cough.
  • Eye irritation – burning, watery, redness
  • Nose or throat irritation – sneezing fits, bloody noses
  • Skin irritation – rashes or hives
  • Nervous System – headaches, memory loss, mood changes, aches and pain

How do you mitigate mold damage? In most cases, an emergency clean-up crew will need to be used to begin drying out the flooded space as soon as possible as well as the removal of the water-damaged property. Once that is completed, the damage must be assessed and, in many cases, this means removing all damaged building materials including drywall and renovating the space to guarantee that all mold has been removed. Estimates for this process run from $3 to $7 per square foot at a minimum and can add up quickly. Click here for a comprehensive mold cleanup guide from FEMA.

The process is time-consuming and physically taxing, which is why Core Properties is here to assist you in selling your house as-is for cash. When you sell your house for cash, you can walk away from the headache and backache from the damage and breathe easy – literally – knowing that you and your family have the cash on hand needed to move into a safe, clean and mold-free home. Give us a call today – (314) 356-9052.


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