How to treat water damage before moving to a new home

Drying out after flood


Treat water damage before moving

Are you moving in NYC? Does your new apartment in NYC have any water damage? Serenity Movers, your local NYC movers and office movers,  has you covered and can help you treat water damage before moving into your new home. Learn about our NYC moving checklist to make sure you do everything before you moving in NYC, and look into hiring a locksmith company also.


The Situation




Anyone who’s had water damage in his home knows that just “waiting for it to dry” is not exactly the right approach. If water damage isn’t treated properly, mold and mildew can develop.
Mold spores are microscopic fungi causing a large variety of health problems, from relatively minor nuisances like the running nose and skin rashes to potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, asthma attacks, infections, and other respiratory illnesses.

In addition, mold can also cause structural damage to your house—warping expensive wood floors and paneling, finding its way inside your walls, etc.

Is this the new home you were dreaming of moving into?



Step 1: Do It Yourself


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Before you begin your “find and eliminate” search for mold, prepare the house. First and foremost, TURN OFF THE ELECTRICITY. The wiring in your home might have been affected by mold. If the wiring is undamaged, turn the electricity back on and continue your search. If, however, it was damaged by mold, ask an electrician to make sure it is safe to turn the electricity on again.

After that, check for leaks in your water pipes.

Finally, look for mold in every nook and cranny of the house. Mold spots are easy to see—they are greenish-gray in color and release an unpleasant, musty smell. Once you find them, buy a powerful mold-killing solution and hose down every stain in your home. If the solution contains chemicals, make sure to read the safety instructions carefully.

Important Points to Remember:

  1. Be thorough. Mold removal is not an easy task, and it requires patience and meticulousness. After washing the stains with your solution, continue cleaning with pads and brushes. In addition, remember to disinfect furniture, walls, and ceilings.
  2. Dry each area for two days or more. Otherwise, the mold will return.
  3. Infected rags and clothes will retain mold, no matter what. Throw them away.
  4. After two days, check that none of the mold has returned.
  5. Be careful! Make sure to wear gloves and a mask and to ventilate your home as you work. Just as important, take frequent breaks.

Step 2: Before Calling a Professional


The best way to deal with mold is to call a professional. While you wait for a mold remediation or mold removal expert to arrive, try to identify and deal with the cause of the mold—a leaking heater, a dripping faucet, etc. This will prevent further damage.

After that, call your insurance company, for most insurance companies can recommend trustworthy and reliable mold remediation and mold removal companies. Letting your insurance company give you a list of companies with a proven record of excellence in mold removal is preferable to randomly choosing a company from the Yellow Pages. Another good idea is to ask friends and relatives, particularly those living in rainy regions, for recommendations.

Once you pick your company, make sure that it carries all of the required licenses. Many municipalities and states require special licenses for mold remediation as a result of the fact that the debris must be properly disposed of. After choosing your mold remediation company, ask to see licenses and proof of insurance. Another good way to avoid getting scammed is to ask for estimates—in writing.


Step 3: The Professional

FEMA Hazard Mitigation. Moving a water heater above ground level will help save the appliance and keep it working during a flood. Photo by Dave Gatley/ FEMA News Photo

After you choose your mold remediation professional, make sure he performs the following tasks:

  • Inspects and tests the mold, keeping paying special attention to any signs of hazardous black mold.
  • Removes the mold, thoroughly disinfects the area, and gets rid of the smell with powerful deodorization. Make sure your mold removal expert checks and rechecks carpets, fireplaces, pipes, and bathrooms.

Keep an eye on the professional’s progress and don’t be afraid to ask him for information about the work. Finally, don’t forget that this is YOUR house. After having invested so much time and energy into buying a new home, the last thing you want is to spend your first night there smelling mold.


Be sure to inspect the house.

After the Mold Removal Professional Leaves Check that all of the mold stains or water damaged areas are dry and that the mold removal expert actually removed the mold. Make sure he was meticulous and thorough.

If you are satisfied with the level of service you received, contact your insurance company and take care of all necessary paperwork.

Remember to check your home for mold and water damage on a regular basis. Finally and most importantly, take a “preventative medicine” approach to mold. Prepare your house in such a way that it will be ready for rainy and stormy weather conditions.


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