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Professional Advice for Storm and Flood Damage if you must do it yourself.
This is a continuation of the IICRC Storm Damage Restoration Recommendations:
With the above background information in mind, loss mitigation procedures may include but are not necessarily limited to:
A. Foremost, consider safety:
- Structural Integrity – Before entering a storm or flood-damaged structure, consider structural integrity, which may be impacted by the force of the wind on, or the force of the water entering the structure. When in doubt, obtain an evaluation by a licensed and qualified builder or structural engineer before entering.
- Ventilation – Fresh moving air discourages the growth and amplification of microorganisms. Open windows and doors and air the structure out thoroughly. It is highly recommended that ventilation be maintained during and following the restoration effort, or until damp areas can be contained and subjected to mechanical dehumidification (HVAC or specialized equipment). This reduces, but does not eliminate, inhalation of microorganisms.
- Shock Hazards – Ensure that electrical shock hazards have been eliminated by turning off the supply of electricity (circuit breakers) to damaged areas. Anticipate that electricity may be restored suddenly without notice.
- Personal Protective Equipment – Wear protective clothing, boots with steel or fiberglass shanks, and a hard hat. Protect yourself from injury or exposure to microorganisms. Wear protective gloves before handling contaminated materials. Splash goggles are highly recommended to protect and prevent microorganism entry through the eyes. An organic vapor respirator (paint respirator) is highly recommended to prevent inhalation of most microorganisms or spores.
After multiple storms hit the areas of Pensacola, Gulf Breeze and Milton, Florida and also Mobile, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama in 2004 and 2005, the professionals at Insider Investigation knew right away that there were not enough water damage people to meet the needs of thousands flooded by hurricane rising waters.
We turned to a friend who was the technical director of the IICRC to write a guideline for home and business owners with water damages. The following was produced IICRC Storm Damage Restoration Recommendations:
Restoration Contractors, Mold Remediators
We write protocols and perform post remediation verifications.
Contractors of all Kinds
General Contractors, HVAC, Plumbing, Roofing
Property Management Firms
Insurance Firms and Adjusters
Banks and Mortgage Companies, Underwriters
Schools, Churches, Daycare Centers
Municipal,County and State Building Managers
Healthcare/Hospitals, Assisted living facilities
Did you know Florida requires mold assessors and remediators to be licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation?
Florida Statutes 468 Part XVI and forbids assessors from doing remediation and remediators from assessment. Companies or individuals who hold themselves out to be assessors or remediators offering to do both are IN VIOLATION OF STATE LAW.
Getting the most out of mold remediation is like telling someone how to enjoy a root canal. Both processes should be done by professionals, as painlessly and efficiently as possible and at a fair price but who wants to go there anyway?
Rather than first discuss the blissful benefits of mold remediation lets discuss how to avoid them if possible first.
Mold Needs Moisture, proper temperature and a food source to grow and develop.