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DOH-Flagler: Mold in Water-Damaged Buildings

By Mary Lachendro-Figueroa

September 18, 2017

MOLD IN WATER-DAMAGED BUILDINGS

The Florida Department of Health in Flagler County (DOH-Flagler) urges the public to take precautionary measures to avoid indoor air quality problems can that occur in storm damaged homes and buildings. Moisture from leaks or flooding can promote mold growth inside buildings.

TO PROTECT AGAINST HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH MOLD:

  • Remove standing water from your home or office.

  • Remove wet materials.

  • If mold growth has already occurred, carefully remove or clean the moldy material.

  • Consider using personal protective equipment when cleaning or removing mold, such as gloves, goggles, and mask. An N-95 respirator mask is recommended, available at many hardware stores.

  • Individuals with known mold allergies or asthma should not clean or remove moldy materials.

When using cleaners, make sure you read and follow label instructions carefully and open windows and doors to provide plenty of fresh air.

Do not mix bleach with ammonia cleaners or acids because a dangerous gas will be formed.

For further information, go to http://www.floridahealth.gov/indoorair, contact DOH-Flagler at 386-437-7358, or the Department’s Radon and Indoor Program at 850-245-4288 or Toll-free at 1-800-543-8279.