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Top Ten Flood Mold Mistakes To Avoid
 

1. Using chlorine bleach to kill flood-caused mold. Do not use ineffective chlorine bleach to try to kill mold growth and mould spores. Bleach is too weak even when freshly manufactured to kill mold. Bleach that sits on store shelves and in your home continually gets ever weaker over the passage of time. In addition, read the manufacturer’s usage directions on the bleach container. The manufacturer does not recommend its use to kill mold. Bleach is NOT an EPA-registered fungicide. Learn all of the reasons why bleach is ineffective for killing mold at Bleach Mold Myth. "Professional cleaning contractors use one of three hospital-strength disinfectants: Sporicidin, Benefect and Microban, and all three are Environmental Protection Agency-registered, said Hill, but chlorine bleach is not registered with the EPA as a disinfectant to kill mold," advised John Hill of The Cleaner Depot on Polk Avenue in Nashville, in an interview at http://www.wsmv.com.

2. Using other ineffective products to kill flood mold---such as Kilz, regular paint, paint containing a mildicide element, any paint, Lysol, ammonia, and other household cleaners and disinfectants. Painting over a mold problem does not solve it---it only hides the problem temporarily and gives the mould something delicious to eat---the paint itself.

3. Assuming that after a wet or flooded area is dry, that it is then mold-safe or mold-free.  Mold needs moisture to grow and to multiply as its eats your home building materials and personal possessions. This moisture can come from regular or flood-caused high indoor humidity (above 70% some or all of the year), roof leaks, siding leaks, and plumbing leaks. If mold spores and mold colony growth run out of moisture, they do NOT die. Instead, they become dormant, and can wait millions of years for access to high humidity or a future water intrusion. Even dormant mold can make mould-sensitive persons sick. Even the smell of dead mold can make some people very sick.

4.  Assuming that there is no flood mold problem because of no visible mould growth. The worst flood mold infestation problems are often the ones you cannot see INSIDE floors, ceilings, walls, basement, attic, crawl space, and the heating/cooling equipment and ducts.  Airborne mould spores are invisible to the eye, very light, and are easily carried in air current movements or in the air flows of your heating/cooling system to mold cross-contaminate your entire house from just one hidden mold problem. Use a hidden moisture meter to scan all walls and floors for hidden water problems. Use a fiber optics inspection device to check for mould growth inside wall, floor, and ceiling cavities.  If the flood made walls wet on the outside of, or inside the wall, for more than 24 hours, there is likely to be mold growth INSIDE the wall.

5. Trusting that mold remediation contractors or water damage restoration companies know what they are doing. Many mold remediation and water damage restoration companies cause and leave more mold problems AFTER the alleged water damage restoration and/or mold remediation than existed before their work because of: (a) failure to find and fix all of the wet spots and mold infestation locations in a home or building due to incomplete water detection, mold inspection and mold testing; (b) poor and inadequate training; (c) failure to utilize proper mold containment procedures and effective mold remediation techniques during the water damage restoration and mold removal tasks; (d) taking shortcuts that undermine the remediation effort; and (e) sometimes fraud and dishonesty on the part of the contractor. Insist on hiring only a Certified Mold Inspector and Certified Mold Remediator for flood mold inspection, testing, and remediation.

6. Trusting that industrial hygienists and government agencies are experts in flood mold prevention, inspection, testing, and remediation. The only people who truly care about your family’s health and home investment are yourself and your family. Although there are many mold knowledgeable and mold experienced mold inspectors and industrial hygienists, most are not. Hiring an industrial hygienist (trained in industrial safety and health) to find and fix mould problems is often like hiring a dentist to treat your heart problems. Hire a Certified Mould Inspector or Certified Environmental Hygienist if you value your family’s health and home investment. Some government websites often promote ineffective and outdated mould remediation ideas like using bleach to kill mould.  Government employees do not have the personal mold training and on the job experience of having to work in the real world to find and kill real mould that is often hidden in home walls, ceilings, floors, heating/cooling systems, attic, basement, and crawl space.

7. Spraying something on the flood mold will take care of the problem.  You need to kill AND REMOVE all visible and HIDDEN mold growth in a house or building for effective mold remediation. All of the visible and hidden flood water and mold damaged building materials need to be removed safely, thrown out, and replaced with mold-free building materials that have been treated with an antifungal protective coating. Learn all of the steps required for safe and effective mold remediation at Mold Removal.
 
8. Ignoring possible mold health symptoms being suffered after flooding or water leaks by one or more family members or co-workers.  Be concerned about possible mold problems after flooding or a water leak problem even if only one or more occupants is suffering from unexplained health problems such as an ongoing itchy eyes, bloody nose, sinus problems, headaches, nose congestion, runny nose, skin rashes, skin sores, coughing, breathing difficulties, difficulty in remembering things and in thinking clearly, feeling disconnected from the world around you, and/or chronic fatigue. Please remember that some occupants may experience mould health symptoms from flood mold, while others may have none, with all living or working in the same mold-infested area. People differ significantly in their sensitivity to mold.

9.  Thinking or wishing that there is no mold infestation after a flood or big water leak problem. If there is a flood or water leak that has wet building materials INSIDE a floor, wall, ceiling, crawl space, basement, or elsewhere, there will be a mold problem.  Take action to find mold growth when the mold problem is still small and manageable shortly after the flooding or water leak problem surfaces. Read
"FEMA warns of post-flood mold problems."

10. Waiting too long  to check for water damage and mold growth. Mold begins growing after just 24 to 48 hours of wetness of building materials or other cellulose materials. If there has been a flood or water leak, take action immediately to dry out areas such as inside wet walls and to apply anti-mold protective coatings to wet building materials.

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