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How To Improve Your Indoor Air Quality After Water Damage

10/10/2023 (Permalink)

A green air scrubber on the floor of a room. Restoring indoor air quality after water damage is crucial for your well-being.

Water damage can be a distressing experience for homeowners in San Diego, but it's not just the visible damage that's a concern. Water intrusion can also compromise your indoor air quality. In this blog, we'll explore the steps you can take to restore indoor air quality after water damage in your San Diego home.

Understanding the Impact on Indoor Air Quality

Water damage can introduce a variety of pollutants into your home's indoor air, including:

Mold Spores: Moisture creates the ideal conditions for mold growth, and mold spores can easily become airborne and spread.

Bacteria and Pathogens: Contaminated water can carry harmful bacteria and pathogens, posing risks.

Dust Mites: Increased humidity levels can promote dust mite populations.

Steps to Restore Indoor Air Quality After Water Damage

Ensure Safety

Before tackling air quality restoration, ensure your safety by turning off electrical power if necessary and wearing appropriate protective gear.

Remove Standing Water

The first step is to remove standing water and moisture. Use pumps, fans, and dehumidifiers to expedite the drying process.

Address Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew can thrive in damp conditions. Inspect your home for visible signs of mold and mildew and address them promptly through professional remediation.


Increase ventilation by opening windows and doors, and using fans to circulate air. Good airflow helps remove pollutants from your indoor environment.


Maintain indoor humidity levels below 50% to discourage mold, bacteria, and dust mites. Use dehumidifiers if necessary.

Clean and Disinfect

Clean and disinfect surfaces thoroughly to remove contaminants. Use appropriate cleaning agents to ensure effective disinfection.

Air Purification

Consider using air purifiers with HEPA filters to trap airborne particles, including mold spores and bacteria. Ensure your HVAC system has a clean filter.

Professional Assistance

In severe cases of water damage, it's wise to seek professional assistance. SERVPRO® of Mid-City San Diego specializes in water damage restoration and indoor air quality improvement.

Restoring indoor air quality after water damage is crucial for your well-being. While you can take several steps on your own, for the most effective and thorough restoration, consider enlisting the expertise of professionals like SERVPRO® of Mid-City San Diego. Our team has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to address water damage and its impact on indoor air quality, ensuring your home is safe and comfortable once again. Remember, prioritizing indoor air quality is a significant step in the recovery process after water damage.

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