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- Controlling humidity levels
- Promptly fixing leaky roof, windows, and pipes
- Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding
- Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas
- Remove from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution od nor more than 1 cup bleach to 1 gallon water
- If using bleach:
- Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners; dangerous toxic fumes will be produced if mixed
- Open windows and doors for ventilation
- Wear non-porous gloves and eye wear
- If area is greater than 10 square feet, consult U.S. Environmental Protective Agency (EPA) guide Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
- Fix the moisture problem
- If using bleach:
Mold and your Health:
- Those sensitive to mold
- Mold can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing/wheezing, eye irritation, and sometimes skin irritation
- Those with mold allergies have more severe reactions
Mold and Your Home:
- Mold is found indoors AND outdoors
- Enters home through:
- Open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems
- Mold in the air can attach to clothing, shoes, bags, and pets
- Places with a lot of moisture may grow mold
- Leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there was flooding
- Grows well on
- Paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products
- Also grow in
- Dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery
Dangerous road conditions: There were 907,831 crashes due to wet pavement and 573, 784 crashes due to rain in a ten year average (2005-2014).
Chemical Hazard: Chemicals may have been washed from normal storage places and pose as a hazardous risk to public.
Electrical Hazard: There may be downed power lines hidden beneath water.
Insect Bites: Insects may be displaced after heavy rains and pose a threat. Standing water left by heavy rainfall produce ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Soil Erosion: Run-off caries fertilizer and other pollutants to large bodies of water and may reduce quality of drinking water. Soil build-up in river/steam; mud or landslides may occur.
Rain helps produce an environment that helps increase the growth of harmful germs and bacteria.
Infectious Disease: Most common: flu, cold, and respiratory infections.
Wound infections: Open wounds/scratches exposed to flood water may become infected.
Diarrheal Illnesses: Drinking/eating anything contaminated by flood water may cause diarrheal illness.
Mold: Flooding can cause household mold if home is not properly aired/dried out.
Caulk and seal windows
Missing, damaged, aging shingles
Positioned away from home
Check sprinklers/irrigation systems
Install gutter guards
Indoor Plumbing System
Inspect appliance hose and faucets for cracks and leaks
Replace them all every 5-7 years
Inspect shower and tub seals and caulking
Know location of main water shut-off valve
Install emergency pressure release valve
Check plumbing and heating pipes