OS Mold Remediation and Clean-Up Guidance

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Updated: September 2017

Flood waters carry chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants into our homes. They also allow mold to grow, threatening not just our health but the health of our homes.

After a flooding event, misconceptions about mold and how to clean it up spread like wildfire. You may hear that you should use bleach solutions, vinegar, peroxide, antifungals, and other biocides to clean up mold in your flood damaged home. But the fact is, you don’t need chemicals or pricey fungicides, and you cannot spray your walls and floors with anything and consider the job done. Furthermore, you want to be drying out your home – not dousing it with more water and chemicals.

We’ve compiled a list of resources from qualified mold remediation professionals to rid your flood-damaged home of mold. We successfully re-mediated mold in dozens of homes using these techniques and are confident in sharing them. We hope that they help to demystify the process.

Field Guide for Cleanup of Flooded Homes
An 18-page cleanup guide including steps for safely and properly doing mold remediation work from the National Center for Healthy Housing and NeighborWorks America.

A Guide to Community-based, low cost Mold Remediation
This document is a compilation of information gleaned from public health professors, mold remediation specialists, and experienced disaster responders. We are confident in our method and believe that it strikes a balance between cost and efficacy.

Una guía comunitaria para el saneamiento de moho (Español)
Este documento es una compilación de información recopilada de profesores de salud pública, especialistas en el saneamiento de moho y personal de auxilio en asuntos de desastre.

Safety Notice for Unskilled/non-trade Volunteers Regarding Demolition and Clean-up
Information from the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health.

Cleaning Safety Guidelines
Safety Tips for Cleaning Homes Affected by Hurricane Sandy from New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Removing Mold and Mildew from your Flood-Damaged Home
Online information from FEMA.

Video Series: Mold Clean-up Guidance Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Shot on location in post-Katrina New Orleans, this instructional video was produced to train residents, volunteers and small contractors how to manage clean-up efforts. The advice provided includes specific actions and the serious health effects associated with mold exposure.
Videos: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Protecting Workers and Volunteers from Mold Presented by Jack Caravanos
Presented by Jack Caravanos (40 minute presentation then online Q/A).

 

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