The effects of a flood over a community, regardless of location are clear: damaged property, damaged homes, damaged lives. Whether sudden or predicted, floods completely change the way we live on every level. The time after a flood is a highly emotional period that requires a strategic flood repair plan. In order to be truly effective, local flood cleanup efforts must cover multiple aspects of damage. One common assumption after a flood is that all of these questions and concerns have to be addressed by just the property owner, but restoration professionals and even insurance agents have valuable experience to contribute as well. The highest priority in local flood cleanup is water extraction. Many homeowners that have not yet been through a flood believe that all the water simply goes away once the storm is over. In reality, a large volume of water can often get trapped in the lower levels of a home, damaging property and becoming a rich breeding ground for mold to grow rapidly or for existing mold problems to worsen greatly. The health problems that an out of control mold problem causes are numerous: trouble breathing, headaches, nausea, deep coughs and congestion, along with long-term health effects that may take years before they manifest. However, all is not lost: if the mold damage is cleaned up by a professional, then the risk of further damage is drastically reduced. The longer property owners wait to pursue local flood cleanup methods, the greater the risk of further damage becomes. Preventing further mold damage is not just about possible health issues - there are also financial concerns to consider. Delaying water extraction and mold damage repair efforts will result in higher financial costs on multiple fronts.