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Removing Odor After Your Home Is Flooded

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Someone's hand pointing at a wall that has mold and mildew Mold growth and mildew as a result of humidity

A flood’s aftermath can impact your home in various ways. Possessions may be ruined, the structure itself is likely compromised and mold growth might emerge. One noticeable effect of a flood is often a foul smell that can range from annoying to overwhelming. Learn more about removing this odor by identifying the multiple causes and removal methods at your disposal.

What Causes Flood Odor?

There are a variety of reasons why the affected location has such a powerful stench. Knowing each reason can assist you in finding a specific solution. The following factors are some of the most common causes of after-flood odor:

  • Strong humidity
  • Sewage loss contaminated with waste, bacteria and other pollutants
  • Water filled with chemicals or garbage
  • Mold growth and mildew as a result of humidity

The longer the odor remains in the home, the stronger it can become. You will need to determine the definite cause behind the smell and act fast before the problem escalates.

What Do You Do After a Flood?

The first step in handling undesirable smells in the flooded area is getting rid of the flood water. Beyond draining away the excess water, you will also have to use a wet vacuum or a steam cleaner to clean carpets and remove the remaining water. You must also dispose of any debris caused by the flood.

How Do You Eliminate the Odor?

Once everything has been cleaned up, it is time to begin the disinfection and deodorization of the area. If the odor is weak and the damage is minor, you can use a mop with soap and disinfectant to clean the floors and walls. If the smell is too great or if mold is present, water damage restoration services can help you get rid of the smell — and the mold — effectively.

A strong odor after a flood can impact the quality of life in your Hanover Park,IL, home. Take the necessary steps to mitigate the damage, including mold growth, and eliminate the odor before it worsens.

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