If you are the victim of home flooding, there are several steps you need to take to prevent a mold outbreak. This article outlines what you need to know.
Mold is not something to take lightly. It can create serious health problems. So you should begin cleanup as soon as it is safe to re-enter your flood-damaged home. It is important to take your time to clean and completely dry any flood-damaged of your home.
• Identify the source of moisture and correct it. Mold needs moisture to grow.
• Change heating and air conditioning filters and have ductwork inspected by a professional
• Discard any porous materials, like carpet or dry wall, that have clear signs of mold.
• Remove damaged wallboard at least two feet above the water line
• Painstakingly clean all non-porous surfaces with a 10 percent solution of bleach and detergent.
• Ventilate the mold-infested area you are working in – especially when working with bleach.
• Be sure to wear gloves and a mask when working in potentially moldy areas of your home.
• Monitor the area for new mold growth and signs of moisture
“Taking the time to clean thoroughly before mold grows is the most important preventive step a homeowner can take,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, Bill Vogel. “Just because the basement has dried out doesn’t mean there can’t be trouble lurking down the road.”
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