Almost all modern homes contain a great deal of cellulose (such as drywall, insulation, wallpaper, furniture and carpeting) that can become dangerously moldy very quickly when water intrusions occur. While flooding is the most dramatic example of this problem, other water events (such as pipe leaks, roof leaks, drainage backups or even a bathtub overflow) can result in the growth of equally problematic mold.
Here is a list from the momsAWARE website of basic principles to follow when water events occur. Additional reliable information about this topic can be found at the links below.
10 Guidelines for Safe Cleanup of Water Intrusion
- Understand that time is crucial. Mold grows within 24-48 hours.
- Record details of damage with photographs or videos.
- Prepare for difficult decisions. Border on the side of caution.
- Keep children and pets away from flooded areas. Those entering the site should wear protective gear such as N95 respirator mask, gloves, and goggles. See the CDC website for more details.