East Coast Flood Victims Should Find and Remove Hidden Mold Growth, Advises Hygienist Fry

Certified Environmental Hygienist Phillip Fry recommends that east coast flood victims take extraordinary steps to find, kill, and remove out-of-sight toxic mold growth caused by the historic flooding in October, 2015.

"Homeowners, commercial, and income property owners, and water damage restoration companies usually fail to take the extraordinary steps necessary to effectively prevent, locate, kill, and get rid of toxic mold growth hidden inside walls, ceilings, floors, basements, crawl spaces, and heating/cooling systems flooded by the historic flooding across eastern USA cities and states in October, 2015," cautions Phillip Fry, Certified Environmental Hygienist and Professional Industrial Hygienist.

"House and building flooding puts mold-causing water and high humidity into, above, and below all flooded building materials. Most flood water cleanup efforts do not prevent, find, and remove hidden toxic mold growth because property owners, residents, managers, and flood cleanup crews do only superficial cleanup efforts," adds Mr. Fry, who has been webmaster of the mold authority website www.moldinspector.com since 1999.

"One major mistake is the use of fans to dry out flood-impacted building materials. Fans continually blow airborne mold spores throughout the entire building, including inside heating and cooling system air ducts. Instead, for safe drying, use multiple, large, high-capacity air scrubbers that utilize 2 inch-thick HEPA filters to remove airborne mold spores and other air contaminants plus a 1 inch-thick activated carbon filter to remove airborne mold mycotoxin poisons thrown into the air by active mold growth. Such air scrubbers remove 99% of airborne mold spores and mycotoxins.  The exhaust air flow from air scrubbers needs to be taken by flexible ducting to the outdoors," recommends Fry, author of five mold advice ebooks, available at www.moldmart.net. 

Fry also recommends these advanced flood mold prevention and removal steps:

1. Use high output ozone gas to kill mold spores and mold growth throughout the entire residence or commercial building. Do this ozone treatment as both the first and last step for effective mold killing and mold prevention, as well as at other key times in the mold remediation project. Information on ozone treatment to kill toxic mold is available at www.ozonegeneratorkillsmold.com.

1. Cut out and discard drywall at least four feet high from flood-impacted walls.

2. Use power and hand wire brush and sand all exposed timbers inside the cut-open wall sections to remove mold spores, mold growth, and water damage.

3. After step 2 above, use a powerful HEPA vacuum cleaner to vacuum all timbers and surfaces inside the cut-open wall sections.

4. After steps 2 and 3 above, do another high output ozone treatment, plus spray an EPA-registered fungicide on all exposed timbers and interior wall surfaces. 

5. After steps 2, 3, and 4 above, paint an anti-microbial coating on all exposed timbers, plus on all surfaces of replacement drywall, to help prevent future mold growth. 

6. Follow the ten steps for effective mold removal, posted at www.upkeepmasters.com.

7. Do surface and air mold testing of water-damaged homes and buildings both before and after water damage and mold cleanup. 

Phillip Fry, Co-Manager
EnviroFry Upkeep Masters, LLC
10104 Sheridan Rd.,
Montrose, MI 48457
Phone toll-free 866-300-1616
Cell Phone 480-310-7970
http://www.floodmold.com and