Protect Your Home After the Flood

    CALGARY, April 23 /CNW/ - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
has information available on mold prevention for home owners affected by flood
waters and water infiltration.
    After a flood it's critical to restore homes to good order as soon as
possible to protect the health of home occupants and prevent further damage to
homes and belongings. Homes and furnishings are less likely to grow mold if
they are dried within 48 hours.
    The CMHC website ( has several publications available on-line
that deal specifically with what to do after a flood. These publications
provide a checklist for homeowners as they begin the process of clean up,
outline how to prevent mold and how to work with your insurance company after
water damage has occurred.
    "The faster the water can be cleaned up and dried the less likely mold
will grow," says Cam Dupuis, Senior Researcher at CMHC, "Take photographs or
video of the damage for your insurance company prior to starting, and then
it's crucial that people get the water cleaned up as soon as possible."
    There are over 270 species of mold that can grow in Saskatchewan homes.
To determine whether there is mold present, put a drop of household bleach on
the area where you think there might be mold. If the colour bleaches out of
that spot, there is mold and it needs to be cleaned up.
    Using household detergent and hot water on most surfaces is effective. On
concrete, use 1 cup of Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) in one gallon of warm water
to scrub the concrete surface. Rinse the surface twice with clean water and
then let the area dry thoroughly. Painting over a moldy surface does not
prevent mold growth.
    "For their safety, people should ensure they are wearing gloves, safety
glasses and a N-95 CSA rated mask when dealing with mold," says Cam Dupuis,
Senior Researcher at CMHC Calgary.
    For more information call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit our website at and do a key word search for "Flood". For more than 60 years CMHC
has been Canada's national housing agency, and a source of objective, reliable
housing expertise.

For further information:

For further information: Cam Dupuis, CMHC Senior Researcher: (403)
515-2958; Michele Klein, CMHC Marketing and Communications, cell: (403)
585-2058 or (403) 515-2903

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