Tips for Safe Mold Cleanup

Dealing with mold is not a do-it-yourself project if you have respiratory problems or are immunocompromised, Rogers says, because both the use of bleach and the prolonged exposure to mold can be harmful to people with certain health problems.

If you don't suffer from such health problems, follow these cleanup tips from the EPACenters for Disease Control and Prevention, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

  • Clean up and dry out the building as quickly as possible. Open doors and windows, and use fans and dehumidifiers.

  • Remove all porous items that have been wet for more than 48 hours and that cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried. These items can remain a source of mold growth. Porous, hard-to-clean items include carpeting and carpet padding, upholstery, wallpaper, drywall, ceiling tiles, insulation material, some clothing, leather, paper, some wood and wood products, and food. Removal and cleaning are important because even dead mold can cause allergic reactions.

  • Clean wet items and surfaces with detergent and water to prevent mold growth.

  • Temporarily store damaged or discarded items outside your house until insurance claims can be processed.

  • For mold that’s caused by flood waters and can’t be removed by the detergent solution, use a mixture of 1 cup of bleach and 1 gallon of water.

If floodwaters have affected your heating or air conditioning, don’t turn it on. You’ll need help from a qualified professional, the CDC says. All surfaces of a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system and all its components that were submerged during a flood are potential reservoirs for dirt, debris, and microorganisms, including bacteria and mold. In addition, moisture can collect in areas of HVAC system components that were not submerged (e.g., air supply ducts above the water line), and this also can lead to the growth of microorganisms. That’s why all components of the HVAC system should be thoroughly inspected, cleaned of dirt and debris, and disinfected by a professional. 

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