Test Indoor Air Quality for Mold
Flood Repair Tips
Air Quality! After a flood what happens to the air in your home?.
Air Quality! After a flood what happens to the air in your home?
The air becomes unhealthy and can make you sick. If things are wet more than two days, mold begins to form so time is of the essence to reduce cost and prevent health hazards. Mold, germs and bacterial thrive in wet environments so removing the moisture is very important. People with asthma, allergies or any breathing problems are more susceptible so don’t hesitate to see your doctor if symptoms arise, and repair the damage ASAP before anyone gets sick.
Cleaning and drying are key to removing pathogens and stopping the sources of moisture.
Be especially cautious with electrical wires that could cause electrocution!
Other precautions when cleaning up after a flood include wearing a respirator that says N-95 ONLY as the brand needs to be labeled N-95.
Wear goggles, gloves, lots of clothing like long pants and long sleeve shirts and water proof boots will help protect you from disease and bugs.
Anything that can’t be cleaned and is wet, throw it away. Use cleaners that kill germs and clean all hard surfaces and if it can’t be cleaned, throw it away.
Don’t mix cleaners, especially bleach and detergents or any cleaners as it can poison the air and you.
If you use a portable generator, be sure to run it outdoors far away from the building and NEVER on balconies, car ports, garages, by your windows or where you or your children are sleeping. The fumes can be deadly or make you very sick.
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/flood/flood_booklet_en.pdf , 13 December 2012