Category Archives: Flood Damage

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Flood-Affected Properties are at High Risk of Mold Infestation

Due to extraordinarily high rainfall this summer, floods have caused serious destruction across the country. There have been reports of deaths, injuries as well as property damage.

Experts recommend paying attention to possible mold infestation before moving back into the flood-affected properties. According to the experts, the flood water brings invisible pathogens with it while the air brings mold spores. Once a mold spore finds a wet, organic surface, it can multiply into as many as 12 million spores in just a 12-hour period.

Therefore, before you move back into your house after flood, you should ensure that mold is not there to harm your loved ones.


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Mold-Infested Abandoned House in Union Beach Poses Health Threat to Neighbors

Authorities revealed that an abandoned, mold-infested home at Saint James Avenue in Union Beach, Monmouth County, New Jersey could be causing health issues for the nearby residents.

The house, which was left abandoned after Sandy storm, was recently inspected, after a neighbor complained that the mold is making his family sick. The inspection confirmed that there was mold growth inside the house and some windows were left open.

The Union Beach officials said they will try to get the property added into the list of houses scheduled for demolition.


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Building flooded

Category : Flood Damage

Dear George,
I work for US Oil Recovery in Pasadena tx. We had 2 ft of water in our building. The water is now gone and we are working in the builing People are starting to get sick,how do I go about checking the air quality? and how much should it cost?

Signed,
US Oil Recovery in Pasadena TX

Dear US Oil,

The best thing to do is get a mold assessment professionally done. There’s more to assessment than simply taking samples. With the experienced assessor on hand, you can get a better idea of what the real damage is, simply based on the expert’s experience. Of course, you will also get lab reports back, and those also will help clarify not only the concentration but also the type of infestation you have.

Regardless of the type, however, if people are getting sick, remediation should be done asap. I wish I could quote you a fee but cost should be contingent on the number of samples taken, as well as the types of readings you need.

Note that ByeBye Mold, Inc tests for mold of course, but we also do thermal imagng, and realtime testing for chemicals such as Benzene and Formaldehyde.


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Basement play area flooded and now we have mold

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Category : Flood Damage

Dear George,
We have a basement play area for our kids that took in several dozen gallons of rain water over the weekend. We are concerned now in drying the carpeting and padding that we have mold and need help quickly in assessing and addressing the issues.

IF the carpeting has been saturated, you can’t expect miracles. If you can get it completely dry, you might be able to prevent mold.

In your house, run the central air conditioner and dehumidifiers to help remove moisture.

Roll up the carpet and take it somewhere flat clean and dry like your driveway or garage, and unroll it there. If it dries rolled up, it will not lie flat and it will be stretched out of shape. Steam clean and disinfect the carpet. You can rent a professional quality machine to do this. * You can also have a professional give you their bid on removing the carpet and cleaning it. Leave the carpet with the professional cleaner until you deal with other flood damage.

Remove the pad. It is better to replace it.

Clean the floor with bleach and disinfectant, and dry. If hardwood, you will probably need to refinish.

If you must clean it yourself:
You can rent a steam cleaning machine and buy the appropriate shampoo to use in cleaning. If a machine is not available, you can take the following steps.

1. Take the carpet outside to lay flat on a dry concrete area, such as a driveway, patio, or garage floor, preferably in full sun. A sloping driveway would be the best choice.
2. Use a garden hose with a strong spray nozzle. Start at one end and “sweep” the carpet with water. Do this once. Turn it over and hose the back side. Then “sweep” the face with water again.
3. Pour on an all-purpose liquid ammonia or pine-based cleaner and let it soak a few minutes. (Do not use full-strength ammonia.) Check ingredient labels on brand name products. Your carpet may change color or fade after contact with these cleaners.
4. “Sweep” the carpet again, forcing the cleaning foam and dirt ahead of you.
5. Rinse thoroughly until all of the cleaning foam has been removed. You MUST rinse before any bleaching to remove stains to avoid producing toxic fumes that result when bleach and ammonia are mixed.
6. After the cleaner is rinsed out completely, use a wet-and-dry vacuum to get water out of the carpet
7. Dry the carpet as quickly as possible (see steps below) to help avoid mildew.


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my house was flooded

Category : Flood Damage

Dear George,
My house was flooded with 4″ of water from TS Fay. I spent a week drying out the house with dehumidifiers and wanted to know when I should test for mold? How long will it take to know if our efforts are succesfull?

Mold testing at ANY time provides a baseline of comparison for any future testing.

If you had not recently undergone a flood, there would be no need for testing if none of the residents were smelling mold or experiencing symptoms of mycotoxin exposure; but since you have undergone a flood, it would be a good idea to test soon. A test will be able to determine how effective your dehumidification efforts were, because mold growth can begin within 72 hours. If there is lingering moisture or areas of rogue mold colonization, then, the sooner you locate the problem, the easier it would will be to eliminate. Testing will also help you pinpoint mold hot spots, too.

The mold assessor will be able to compare your houses internal readings to outside levels, and you will know instantly if your numbers are elevated. EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT ELEVATED, the numbers will serve as a basis for comparison for any subsequent testing. Bear in mind that even outdoor levels may be elevated after a flood.

There is not a cut and dried deadline we can give you that will tell you once and for all that your efforts have been successful. Even if your property is bone dry and mold free, no home is built in a vacuum. Because you are there and know your locale, and sound aware of the issue, use your best judgement for how frequently you should test.


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Dear George, Rain soaked our office carpet badly.

Dear George,
Rain soaked our office carpet badly. Management says there is no mold and are having the carpet cleaned. The smell for the last 48 hours has been HORRID. Should we be worried?

t sounds as if you need a good dose of prevention. If there is no long term damage and the entire area (the part you see and including the areas you don’t see) is perfectly dry and disinfected, there is a possibility that infestation could be prevented.

An assessment would compare outdoor mold levels with your indoor mold levels, and indicate if you need remediation. Our Thermal detector can detect conditions favorable to mold growth inside the walls or in other hidden areas where established thriving mold colonies might otherwise be missed. If a true and complete clean up is not completed within a short window of time after flooding, you will be facing severe mold issues in the future.

Unfortunately the smell is a definite indication that the problem has not been solved.


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