Recovering from the flood: Steps to remove mold
By: Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau, Pine Journal
ST. PAUL -- Here is how the Minnesota Health Department and Homeland Security and Emergency Management office recommend removing mold from flooded homes:
-- Take written inventory and document with photos all damage before removing anything. That provides proof of damage to insurance and others who might provide financial assistance.
-- Find and remove all moisture sources, even those not flood-related.
-- Dry all wet materials as soon as possible. Porous items such as wall board, insulation and carpet with mold should be put in bags and thrown out. Non-porous materials such hard plastic, glass, metal and concrete often can be cleaned and saved.
-- Items may be disinfected with a mixture of a quarter-cup to a half-cup of bleach per gallon of water. The mixture may be sprayed on or applied with a sponge or cloth. It should not be wiped or rinsed off; allow it to dry on the surface.
-- When working with mold, wear disposable respirator mask, rubber gloves, long sleeves and goggles. Outer clothing should be removed before leaving the work area and laundered or thrown out. Do not eat, drink or smoke in the contaminated area.
For more Health Department information: http://tinyurl.com/floodmold