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Photo of a stairwell and entry floor of a home following demolition and cleaning for flood and mold damage (C) Daniel FriedmanMold Action after Flooding: When is a Mold Cleanup Job Complete?

  • WHEN TO STOP LOOKING FOR MOLD - CONTENTS: How to determine if a mold cleanup project has been completed properly. When & how to perform mold clearance inspections & tests. When can mold containment barriers be removed? Who should conduct mold clearance testing: conflicts of interest
  • POST a QUESTION or READ FAQs about how much inspection & demolition are appropriate when cleaning & restoring a flooded or mold-damaged building
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When is enough mold cleanup enough?

This mold cleanup article explains when you can (and probably should) stop looking for or testing for mold in a building after a mold cleanup has been attempted. We explain how you can be confident that the mold cleanup steps taken have been completely and properly performed.

We explain when to order a post mold remediation clearance inspection and test, describe what should be done, and review other indicators that help you decide that a mold cleanup project has been completed after a building flood. Our photograph above shows the entry floor of a home at the completion of demolition, cleaning, disinfection, and treatment with a biocide sealant after the building was flooded.



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WHEN TO STOP LOOKING FOR MOLD After Cleaning and Repairing a Flooded Building

Photo of Moldy drywall in a basement following a modest 6 inch flooding event

If your building has been flooded, beginning at FLOOD DAMAGE ASSESSMENT & CLEANUP PRIORITIES

and continuing with FLOOD DAMAGE CLEANUP & REPAIR GUIDE This website 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. These are quick, simple steps to minimize mold damage in a flooded building.

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 that system as well. Extensive, technically detailed in-depth articles on other mold detection, testing, and prevention methods are organized at our Mold Information Center.

Flood Damaged Building Inspection, Repair, Damage Prevention

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Continue reading at MOLD CLEANUP - MISTAKES to AVOID or select a topic from closely-related articles below, or see our complete INDEX to RELATED ARTICLES below.

Or see FLOOD DAMAGE ASSESSMENT & CLEANUP PRIORITIES

Or see HIDDEN MOLD, HOW TO FIND

Or see MOLD ACTION GUIDE - WHAT TO DO ABOUT MOLD

Or see MOLD APPEARANCE - WHAT MOLD LOOKS LIKE

Or see TRAPPED MOLD BETWEEN WOOD SURFACES

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