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How To Clean Up Mold After a Storm

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

two workers using prrotective gear while putting trash on bag If you are attempting the remediation yourself, you should wear the right gear

Know How To Safely Clean Mold

As hurricane season approaches, your commercial building is in danger of heavy rains and flooding. Along with this comes the potential for mold growth. To keep mold in check, you need to act within two days after a storm hits. While minor outbreaks can be tackled with a good scrub brush, buildings that have been soaked with dirty water may need the help of remediation professionals. However, if you plan to tackle a large outbreak on your own, you must know how to safely clean mold.

Cleaning Mold
Dealing with mold growth is not for those who have respiratory issues. If you lack these issues, here are some tips on how you can clean large outbreaks of mold:

  • Dry out the building as soon as possible.
  • Remove all porous items that have gotten wet and cannot be salvaged.
  • Clean all wet items with detergent and water.
  • Store your damaged items outside until they have been documented by the insurance company.
  • For stubborn mold, use a mixture of bleach and water.

If the water infiltrated your HVAC system, do not turn it on. All surfaces of your system that were submerged are potential reservoirs for dirt, debris, bacteria, and mold. Moisture can also collect in areas of your system that were not submerged, causing mold to grow there as well. Therefore, you should have your HVAC system cleaned and disinfected by a professional as soon as possible.

Using PPE
If you are attempting the remediation yourself, you should wear the right gear. You may not need a complete hazmat suit, but you do need to cover your eyes, nose, and hands during cleanup. You should also wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and waterproof boots. These will protect you from exposure to mold growth.
When a flood impacts your building in Riverside, CA, you must act quickly. You will want to dry out the standing water as soon as possible and clean all areas to prevent mold from growing.

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