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Mitigation service professionals offer tips on preventing mold in a water damaged basement

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Some residents in the Four States will spend the next few days trying to dry out their basements.

88-year-old Bryan Sperry is concerned about his basement where his college-aged grandson lives during the school year.

It flooded after his sump pump broke during last night's rains.

"We have wet carpets and everything else down there, which is more than I can handle," Sperry said.

That is why Sperry called ServPro Damage Restoration to assist him.

"Speed and getting the house dried out as quickly as you can is very important," said Greg Cook, Owner of ServPro Damage Restoration.

He says the biggest threat comes from the places you cannot see, such as underneath the wall paper.

"Sometimes just by looking at it or feeling it, it can be wet but you don't even realize it," Cook said. "You need some proper equipment to measure whether the moisture level is higher than normal."

Cook says unattended damp areas can lead to mold or deterioration.

"Anything that's left wet for a long period of time, even wood, could start getting wet rot, and dry rot, which is a fungus also," he said.

In cases where the flooding is caused by outside, unclean water, Cook says it is important to use an EPA approved disinfectant, or in some cases remove the damaged materials completely.

While the removal can be expensive, Cook says it reduces your home expenditures in the long run.

"That's your biggest investment you have, you want to keep it in good shape," he said. "If you have a mold issue later on, it's going to cost you a lot more to take care of that than it would for drying a house out."

As for Sperry, he hopes closely monitoring the pipes in his home will prevent future flooding.

"By the time they are through, we're going to be in good shape, then my chore will be to make sure it doesn't happen again," he said.

Experts say if flooding is caused by clean water or gray water from a dishwasher or washing machine, the carpet does not usually have to be removed and can be dried out after 2 to 4 days.

However, if it is unclean or sewage water, the carpet should be replaced.
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