How To Use Ozone for Floods and Mold Threats

Flood Recovery and Ozone Generators

In light of the flooding now happening in the Houston, Texas area, there is going to be a lot of damage, heartbreak, and an incredible battle to get back to any kind of normal life.  We all need to share in the challenges to restore a home, business, and normalcy for the people who have taken a very hard blow and face a long road to recovery.  Even at a distance, I hope to share some good ideas for minimizing further damages.  

Number One: Check your insurance policy.  Hopefully, you have coverage for the damages.  Bone up on the hoops you must jump through to get your claim paid.  Also, do not trust that the contractor will handle this for you unless you have something in writing that ties their payment to the insurance proceeds.

Number Two: Quick action is incredibly important.  Anyone in a flood needs to act quickly, and you need to be aggressive.  Tear out and throw out everything hit by flood waters.  The water will be trained with some bad stuff, and the silt in the water is nearly impossible to get out.  Other than the few things you wish to preserve, you need to quickly remove all drywall, paneling, carpet, and furniture that was ruined by the flood as quickly as the water is gone.

Number Three is Mold Prevention.  Mold (particular in humid, warm climates) will happen in just 48-72 hours.  It will quickly spread everywhere.  Drying out the house is the next important step.  But, it is at this point that a broad application of a moldicide and preventive is very important to halting the spread of damage from mold.  In many cases, the power may be off; and the air conditioning is non-functioning.  Do not leave the house to breed mold in these post-flood conditions.  

Ozone is a cheap and effective tool to killing mold and damaging mold spores so they do not reproduce.  If you combine a good ozone treatment with a mold preventive at this stage, you may keep the mold neutralized until the full cleanup work can be go forward.  Listen, the real work to dry out, clean up, and rebuild can be months and weeks from the time of the flood.  An intermediate solution is critically important.  Literally, if mold takes hold in the uncontrolled environmental of a post-flood area, it can literally make the house unlivable; and there may be no safe way to provide a safe haven for the family.

Mold removal services will certainly get maxed out when disasters hit.  It may take weeks to get any clarity on what the insurance will cover.  Your house or building may be days filled with water full of organic matter.  And, even when the water is gone, the conditions will favor an explosive mold invasion.  Don't let a bad situation go to a horrible, health-threaten take over by mold.

Regardless of the detractors who believe that only physical efforts to remove mold are the single solution, ozone is well-proven by labs and university studies to kill mold.  Pre and post treatment with ozone is one of the several strategies that can be applied to mitigate the presence and spread of mold.  Ozone kills bacteria and virus, and it kills mold, but there is a need for clarification.  Typical ozone generators on the market are too little, too late to do the job.  Mold requires a sustain shock level ozone treatment of 4-8 hours to do the job.  Such ozone treatments are always applied in a vacated building since high ozone levels are a respiratory irritant.  Ozone, by the way, is just enriched oxygen that reverts back to normal oxygen after a few hours leaving no chemical residue.

Follow the ozone with a good antimicrobial that will inhibit or prevent further mold growth.  This is often fogged or misted over all exposed materials and provides months of mold fighting protection.  

Ozone treatment followed by an antimicrobial application is very affordable and can literally save the family or business tens of thousands of dollars in preventable damage that follows a flood.  Smart remediation firms should adopt the "Quick Pretreatment" of ozone and antimicrobial treatments that can be done in advance of the full remediation work that is required for normal habitation.  

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