Hurricanes: Mold - Safe Clean Up

Material provided by Federal Alliance for Safe Homes http://www.flash.org/

Mold growth is likely to occur in homes after flooding. It's very important to clean and thoroughly dry any areas of the home that have gotten wet from floodwaters.  

Mold - What Is It?

Molds are simple microscopic organisms found virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors. When molds are present in large quantities they can cause allergic symptoms similar to those caused by plant pollen.  

What Can I Save? What Should I Toss? 

Porous materials can trap mold. Items such as paper, rags, wallboard and rotten wood should be thrown out. Harder materials such as glass, plastic and metal can be kept after they are cleaned and disinfected.  

Removing Moldy Materials:  

General Mold Clean-Up Procedures:

Soap Cleanup  

Disinfect Surfaces  

Be aware that exposure to mold can occur during cleanup.  

To minimize exposure, consider using a breathing mask or respirator, wear rubber gloves and take breaks in a well-ventilated area.