Drying out quickly to reduce mold     Dry out after flooding

Post-flooding: How to speed up drying and reduce mold issues

The faster you can dry things out, the less likely you will have to deal with mold or mildew.

Remove as much standing water as you can. You can use a shop/wet vacuum, buckets, or a hand bilge pump (such as from a boating or marine store).

Turn on your sump pump if you have one.

Turn on your dehumidifier. Consider buying one if you don’t already have one.

After the water is gone, use fans to dry out the area. Open windows and doors if it is not raining or excessively humid outside.

If you use towels & such, wash them and either put them in a hot clothes dryer or hang them outside to dry.

If carpeting has been wet for two days or more, it will most likely have to be thrown out, along with any padding underneath. If you can get it completely dry within a day or two after the flood, you might be able to save it. You will need to hire a water restoration contractor with special equipment to dry it thoroughly.

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