You have found yourself in a situation where the basement or the downstairs, or somewhere in your home has flooded or taken in a great deal of water, what do you do next? The cleanup process and what you do next is very important, so you are not left with one of the top 'silent killers' known to mankind.

That silent killer that happens most after water damage to your home is mold. Mold can be found anywhere that there is moisture, wet clothes, furniture, walls, anywhere. Sometimes you will not only be able to see it, but you can also smell it.

What to do when you find mold in your home?

Photo by Jezael Melgoza on Unsplash
Photo by Jezael Melgoza on Unsplash

If you see mold in your home know that it could be affecting your health and you will want to get rid of it immediately and in the safest way possible. Do yourself a favor and take a few pictures for the insurance agency, then call them. Depending on the mold and where it is located you might need to find another place to stay. Mold is serious business and by being around it and breathing those mold spores in, you are susceptible to asthma attacks, skin conditions and other "not pleasant" reactions. 

Hudson Valley Post logo
Get our free mobile app

READ MORE: Is there a sponge shortage? 

What is the next step in the process of dealing with dangerous mold?

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash
Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

From the time something floods until the time you need to worry about things not drying out quick enough because of the water/flooding, is about 48-hours. If it cannot be dried or cleaned within that 48-hours, including dry wall, furniture and clothing, it is best to throw it out.

READ MORE: How to protect yourself from Deed Theft in NYS

To protect yourself when either tossing those items, or cleaning up the mess that you are left with, make sure to use PPE, personal protective equipment, such as gloves, mask or even a respirator and cleaning products. It is also important to make sure that you have as much fresh air getting into the space as possible. It could also be helpful to have fans and a dehumidifier running as well to dry the space out. If you are not sure, call your insurance company as they will have recommendations on professional places that can help you clean it up, as well as test your homes air quality, post clean up.

Wow! Best Life Hacks for Spring Cleaning

Spring is here! Time to deep clean our space. We put together a list of spring-cleaning life hacks to help keep Billings green, and your life decluttered.  

7 Easy Steps to Clean Your Heat Pump

All you need is a socket set, some cleaner, a hose, and some help from a friend!

Does Toothpaste Really Clean Your Vehicle's Foggy Headlights? [Life Hack Test]

According to, cloudy headlights are a relatively modern issue. Originally, car manufacturers used glass domes for the front of their headlights until sometime in the 1980s when they switched to "polycarbonate or plastic" I assume because it was cheaper. Unlike glass, plastic is more susceptible to oxidation which is caused by the UV light created naturally by the sun. Dust, debris, and road grime also contribute to clouding up your lights.

They also say toothpaste can be used to clear that cloudiness thanks to the same mild abrasives that also remove plaque and other gunk from your mouth. As someone who has to see it or try it before I believe it, I decided to give it a shot by following their steps and seeing for myself if they were right.

More From Hudson Valley Post