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BUILDING DAMAGE ASSESSMENT & REPAIR
ALLERGEN TESTS for BUILDINGS
ASBESTOS IDENTIFICATION IN BUILDINGS
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BIOLOGICAL POLLUTANTS in the HOME - EPA
BLACK MOLD, HARMLESS COSMETIC
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BUILDING DAMAGE ASSESSMENT & REPAIR
BUILDING ENTRY for DAMAGE ASSESSMENT
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CARPETS & PADDING ODORS IN BUILDINGS
CHIMNEY INSPECTION DIAGNOSIS REPAIR
CRAWL SPACE SAFETY ADVICE
DIRT FLOOR MOLD CONTAMINATION
DIRECTORY of MOLD / ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERTS
DISINFECTING BUILDINGS with BLEACH
DUST SAMPLING PROCEDURE
DISASTERS: BUILDING INSPECTION & REPAIR SAFETY
DRINKING WATER - EMERGENCY PURIFICATION
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EARTHQUAKE DAMAGED FOUNDATIONS
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ELDERLY & VETERANS HOME SAFETY
ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS - INSPECT, TEST, REMEDY
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FLOOR TILE ASBESTOS IDENTIFICATION
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WALL CONSTRUCTION BARRIER vs CAVITY
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Wind Damage to Roofs
WINTERIZE A BUILDING
WOOD SHAKE & SHINGLE ROOFING
Flood damage control procedures & checklist: if your building has been flooded, this article series provides an easy to understand guide for flood damage assessment, setting priorities of action, safety, and we provide special information about avoiding or minimizing mold damage. This Building Flood Response Checklist sets priorities for what to do to protect your building from mold contamination after flooding from a burst pipe or from rising waters and area flooding. These are quick, simple steps to minimize mold damage in a flooded building.
This is the first in our series of building flood damage articles on steps to take to safely enter and repair homes or other buildings after area flooding due to hurricanes, rising floodwaters, burst pipes, or other water flooding. We discuss safety for people entering flooded buildings, steps to preserve and protect the building from further damage after it has been flooded, how to get mechanical systems up and running again, evaluating for the need for structural repairs, demolition, and cleaning, and avoid mold in a flooded building. Our photograph above shows the authors examining flood conditions in Commonfort, Guanajuato, Mexico.
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Hazards in and around flooded buildings include risk of structural collapse, risk of septic system collapse, trip and fall injury hazards, electrical shock hazards, fire and explosion hazards where natural gas or bottled gas are present, toxic sludge and materials containing waterborne bacteria, such as the E. coli and Enterococci bacteria, toxic mold growth indoors.
Listed just below are quick, simple steps to minimize damage in a flooded building. Separately our "Flood Response Checklist" lists key actions you should take after building flooding to minimize mold damage, and includes some safety warnings.
Flooded crawl spaces may be contaminated with sewage bacteria, mold, rodents, or chemicals.
Flooded crawl spaces may be in danger from collapse of the structure overhead.
There may be a danger of electrocution in crawl spaces, especially wet ones, if electrical power remains on.
This document lists key actions you should take after building flooding to protect the building from further damage, to get things working again, and to minimize mold damage. We include safety warnings about entering and repairing buildings that have been flooded by storms, hurricanes, burst pipes, or other sources.
We also list after-flood anti-mold procedures that do not work or are unsafe - to help you avoid unnecessary expense in dealing with mold after a building flood. If your building is already moldy or if you suspect mold related illness in your building, we link to a step by step Mold Action Guide dealing with toxic or allergenic indoor mold and other indoor contaminants: when and how to inspect or test for mold, when to hire an expert, how to clean up a moldy area, when and how to perform post-remediation mold testing.
If your septic system has been flooded we link to an article outlining what to do about a flooded septic system as well. Extensive, technically detailed in-depth articles on other mold detection, testing, and prevention methods are organized at our Mold Information Center.
As soon as it is safe to do so, respond quickly to building leaks and floods in order to minimize damage to the building. While it may be impossible to safely enter or even inspect a building before waters have receded in areas of major flooding, hurricane or storm damage, as soon as possible the building should be inspected and the steps below begun.
Continue reading at FLOOD DAMAGE CLEANUP & REPAIR GUIDE for detailed procedures for wet or flooding basement or building dryout & salvage & cleaning procedures.
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