Planet People's "Five Ds" to Clean Up and Prevent Mold After the Water
TORONTO, May 27, 2011 /CNW/ - After the rain subsides and flood waters
recede, water-logged residents throughout Canada may face a lingering
and unwanted visitor: indoor mold. Mold can cause thousands of dollars
of damage to a home, and can also be a health hazard. Traditional
mold-fighting solutions, like bleach, have limited effectiveness
against mold and also emit harmful chemicals into the air.
"Homeowners can eliminate mold and help prevent it from returning by
following five simple steps," said Eric Green, president of Planet
People™, a Canadian manufacturer of non-toxic, high performance
cleaning products for homeowners and professionals. "At Planet People,
we advise consumers to follow the "Five Ds" to mitigate mold issues:
Deflect, Dry, Discard, Deactivate, and Dehumidify."
Deflect - A key to mold prevention is stopping water and moisture from
infiltrating your home. In the midst of a soggy spring, check that
your downspouts are intact and are deflecting water away from your
home. Also, ensure that the surrounding property is graded so that
water is directed away from the foundation.
Dry - Mold can grow on water-damaged surfaces in as little as 24 to 48
hours. If flooding occurs in your home, take steps to dry affected
areas as quickly as possible. Remove excess water with a shop vacuum or
water pump (you can rent one at your local home improvement store).
Once the water is removed, use fans to circulate and absorb moisture in
the air. If weather permits, open all doors and windows; indoor mold
spore counts are typically higher than outdoor counts. Call a pro if
the job feels too big or if you suspect sewer back up.
Discard - Throw out water-logged and mold-infested materials that are
replaceable, such as carpeting or ceiling tiles. The general rule is:
if in doubt, throw it out. If drywall has absorbed water, the drywall
should be cut out 12 inches above the water level and replaced once the
room has dried out.
Deactivate - Use a Health Canada-registered, non-toxic solution like Concrobium
Mold Control® to fight remaining indoor mold. This innovative "2-in-1"
solution kills mold and prevents it from coming back, and it contains
no bleach or other harmful chemicals. It's important to treat hidden
areas in a home such as crawlspaces, closets and under furniture to be
sure they remain mold-free. Special fogger units, which mist Concrobium
Mold Control into the air, can be used to treat large or inaccessible
spaces such as basements and attics. Foggers are available for rent at
The Home Depot® Tool Rental department.
Dehumidify - Run a dehumidifier to take additional moisture out of the air.
Maintain relative indoor humidity between 30 and 50 percent and monitor
humidity levels with a hygrometer, an inexpensive device found at many
Following the "Five Ds" will help alleviate the mold issues that many
Canadian homeowners are facing in the wake of a wet spring season. For
additional tips on mold control and to download a mold prevention
checklist, please visit http://www.concrobium.com/ or http://curemymold.com/.
About Concrobium Mold Control
Concrobium Mold Control is a ground-breaking technology that helps
do-it-yourselfers and professionals fight harmful mold without
resorting to harsh chemicals. It's a Health Canada-registered solution
that kills mold and keeps it from coming back - without bleach, ammonia
or VOCs. Concrobium Mold Control is available at major retailers across
Canada. For more information on Concrobium Mold Control, please visit http://www.concrobium.com/.
About Planet People
Planet People, a division of Siamons International Inc., is a Canadian
manufacturer of innovative, sustainable products that offer
high-performance cleaning to consumers and professionals. The company's
brand portfolio includes Concrobium Mold Control®, Gloves Off® and iQ,
The Smarter Cleaner®. For more information about Planet People, visit http://www.planetpeopleco.com.
Note to editors: If you would like to speak with an expert on mold remediation and
prevention, please contact:
SOURCE Concrobium Mold Control(R)
For further information: