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Mold Safety Tips

September 6, 2012 0 Comments
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The City of New Orleans recently published safety tips to residents who as a result of Hurricane Isaac may find themselves facing the growth of mold – but really, mold growth can happen anywhere at anytime, not just after a flood. Mold thrives in continuously wet conditions and can start to grow within 24 hours after a flood.

People with asthma or other pulmonary illnesses, compromised immune systems, infants and the elderly are more likely to develop mold-related illnesses. If large areas of mold growth are present, professional mold assessment and/or clean up assistance may be needed.

In order to control mold, City health officials offer the following suggestions:

  • Flooded homes should be thoroughly dried out, a process that may take several days or weeks.
  • Porous materials – those that absorb water – such as sheetrock, some paneling, fiberglass insulation, cellulose insulation, mattresses, pillows, wallpaper and upholstered furniture should be discarded.
  • Sheetrock and other porous wallboards should be removed to at least 12 inches above the water line. Check for wicking, the upward movement of moisture to higher levels.
  • Clean wall studs where wallboard has been removed and allow them to dry completely.
  • Materials that cannot be effectively cleaned and dried should be placed in sealed plastic bags to prevent the spread of mold spores.
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