QUICK TIPS: Mold Prevention Checklist - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Mold Prevention Checklist

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Act Quickly to Prevent Mold

  • Mold growing on building materials and home furnishings is a common hazard after floods. It may cause serious health problems and economic hardship.

  • Mold can begin to grow within 24 hours on items that contacted floodwater.

  • To avoid or reduce mold problems, find and fix the conditions that allow mold to grow.

  • Early action to prevent mold problems can protect health and save money.

Plan and Track Your Work

  • Throw Out: use the list below to decide what should be removed and thrown out.

  • Keep and Clean: see items below that might be saved if cleaned and dried quickly.

Throw Out

Remove and throw away these items if they are water-soaked:

  • Carpet and pad
  • Linoleum or laminate flooring
  • Sub-floor / underlayment (pressed-wood, plywood, OSB)
  • Drywall, OSB, pressed-wood paneling on walls or ceilings
  • Insulation
  • Upholstered or particle board furniture
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Wall paper, inexpensive wall coverings
  • Paper materials
  • Non-metal materials in ductwork
  • Anything else that has soaked up water

Keep and Clean

If structurally sound, the following may be cleaned, disinfected and dried:

  • Flooring (stone, tile, vinyl, concrete, wood, rubber)
  • Subfloor/underlayment (concrete or solid wood)
  • Walls (concrete, brick, solid wood, lathe and plaster)
  • Furniture (wood, metal, plastic, glass),
  • Laminated furniture if undamaged
  • Foam insulation
  • Unlined, uninsulated metal ductwork

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Updated Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 09:44AM