November 9, 2022
Mold in Water Damaged Buildings
Cynthia Leckey, EH Director
Viera, Florida — The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County (DOH-Brevard) is urging the public to take precautionary measures to avoid indoor air quality issues that can occur in homes and buildings damaged by the storm. Moisture from leaks or floods can promote mold growth.
To protect against the health risks associated with mould:
- Remove standing water from your home or office within 24 hours, paying attention to other hazards such as electricity, physical damage to home or office, and animals in water or home.
- Dry or remove damp building materials and carpets within 24 hours.
- If electricity is available, use an air conditioner or dehumidifiers to reduce indoor humidity levels. If you use a portable generator to power air conditioners, dehumidifiers, or other equipment, appliances, or tools keep portable generators at least 20 feet from you and your neighbor’s house. All homes must have working carbon monoxide alarms installed at all times.
- If mold has already developed, remove or clean the moldy material thoroughly.
- Use at least an N-95 respirator (or better protection if possible), gloves and goggles when cleaning or removing mold. People with mold allergies, asthma, or weakened immune systems should not clean or remove moldy materials.
- When using cleaners, be sure to read and follow label directions carefully and open windows and doors to provide plenty of fresh air. Do not mix bleach with ammonia-based cleaners or acids as a dangerous gas will be formed.
For more information and guidance, go to epa.gov/flooded-homes and/or FloridaHealth.gov/indoorair, contact DOH-Brevard at 321-633-2100 or www.brevardeh.com, or call DOH’s Radon and Indoor Program at 850-245-4288 or 800-543-8279.
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