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Important Advice Post-Flooding, to Avoid Mold-Related Health Hazards

Mold at Home

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  • Mold, fungi and disease-causing bacteria thrive in water-logged environments, so any building affected by flooding or water damage need to be remediated as quickly as possible, ideally within 24-36 hours
  • Exposure to mold can cause significant and wide-ranging health problems, both acute and long-term
  • Five professional mold remediation organizations are listed, where you locate a licensed professional. Proper remediation is critical to avoid health problems related to hidden mold
  • The non-profit organization National Center for Healthy Housing has issued a free cleanup guide called Creating a Healthy Home: A Field Guide for Clean-Up of Flooded Homes, which offers advice on how to quickly address water damage caused by flooding to minimize further damage
  • Recommendations for what items may be safely cleaned and restored following a flood, and what items are best to toss, are included, along with guidelines for how to clean up small areas affected by minor water damage

By Dr. Mercola

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which battered large portions of the East coast of the United States last week, mold remediation will top the list of many people's cleanup efforts.

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