So your flooded home finally is dried out, the cleanup is done, and now you are waiting for a contractor to start the rebuilding. That might be quite the wait. Look around. More than likely the insulation and drywall was removed from the walls. No drywall or insulation on the outside walls may pose a severe problem. Humid exterior air easily can enter the home and cause the inside humidity to rise. One other problem is the AC. As the home flooded, the condenser, the portion which sits outside, might’ve also been completely or partially submerged. A non-operating or poorly operating AC system adds to the humidity.
The discomfort you’ll feel from the high humidity, unfortunately, will be the least of your problems. That humid air that comes in through the walls from outside continually will increase the moisture levels inside the air until it starts to condense on everything it touches inside the home. If the condition isn’t soon remedied, the condensation begins to promote mold growth. Now the flood damage you finally got cleaned up is going to be followed by mold damage. Your mold situation will occur even quicker if the AC isn’t extracting at least some of the air moisture.
Therefore, the first thing you should do is to get the air conditioner repaired and/or checked to ensure that you operate it at a reasonable temperature. Purchase a hygrometer to consistently check the humidity levels. The relative humidity ideally should be 50 percent or under, and it never should be 60 percent or above. Typically, mold will start growing as the humidity rises and stays above 60 percent. If you have not had the ability to do enough to keep the levels of humidity in check, contact a restoration company.
For more information on flood damage contact Triangle Legacy in one of these locations: DC: (202) 888-2960; Virginia: 703-673-1175; Maryland: (301) 523-9419.