Things to Do and Don’t in the Event of a Water Loss With Mold or Suspected Mold Present

1. Do identify all potential sources of water intrusion prior to repair.

2. Do record any health complaints which occupants make known.

3. Do begin dehumdification ASAP

4. Cut wallboard. If visible contamination is present. STOP, NOTIFY and CONTAIN.

5. Decontaminate all equipment prior to use in work area.

6. Negative Air Filtration equipment must be cleaned (filters changed) prior to bringing into buildings.

7. Cover switch plates/receptacles in remediation area.

8. Surfaces in the remediation area should have two towel wipe clean and HEPA vacuum. These areas should be free of debris and dust.

9. Place critical barriers over locked out and tagged out HVAC supply and returns in remediation areas.

10. If removing visible contamination, remove and contain at least 1 foot beyond visible water damage and/or visible contamination

11. Following remediation, run negative air machines equipped with HEPA filtration for 24-48 hours to scrub air before conducting post-remediation monitoring.

12. All waste to be wrapped in plastic to protect wast handlers from exposure

Things not to do in the event of a water loss with mold or suspected mold present:

1. Do not use biocides and antimicrobials as a substitute for microbial removal.

2. Do not remove contaminated building materials through the building without wrapping in plastic.

3. Do not cause fungi to become aeroselized by agitating or using fans where there is visible contamination. If no mold is visible, but there are indications that mold may be present (I.E High moisture content in walls, musty odors, etc.) Take precautions to contain affected area prior to agitating or moving the air.

4. Do not remove any materials that may contain asbestos or such prior to testing.

5. Do not apply excessive biocide. Use only biocides approved for indoor residential use. Do not apply to household items. Use judiciously.

6. Do not run “post-remediation samples” immediately following remediation.

7. Do not begin physical reconstruction prior to post remediation sampling and receipt of clearance results

8. Do not delay instituting any mitigation procedures listed in this guide.

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