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Homeowner’s and renter’s guide to mold cleanup after disasters
  • Published Date:
    June 2015
  • Language:
Filetype[PDF-2.99 MB]

  • Corporate Authors:
    Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. Indoor Environmental Pollutants Work Group. ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ; United States. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ; ... More ▼
  • Description:
    Cleaning up after a flood can pose health risks. You and your family should wait to re-enter your home until professionals tell you it is safe, with no structural, electrical or other hazards.

    Before you start cleanup activities, contact your insurance company and take pictures of the home and your belongings. Remember – drying your home and removing water-damaged items is your most important step for preventing mold damage.

    Was your home flooded? If so, and you were not able to dry your home (including furniture and other items) within 24-48 hours, you should assume you have mold growth. You need to completely dry everything, clean up the mold, and make sure you don’t still have a moisture problem.

    You may see or smell mold on clothing, drywall, furniture, cardboard boxes, or books, but it may also be hidden under or behind items like carpet, cushions, or walls.


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