Protect Yourself and Your Home After the Flood

    CALGARY, April 29 /CNW/ - The first 48 hours after a flood are critical
for home owners to prevent further damage to their homes from mold and mildew.
    According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), homes and
furnishings are less likely to grow mold if they are dried within two days.
    "It's crucial that people get the water cleaned up as soon as possible,"
says Cam Dupuis, Senior Advisor at CMHC. "If you discover a serious mold
problem, professional help should be sought right away."
    CMHC has been Canada's national housing agency for more than 60 years,
and is a reliable source of housing expertise.
    The CMHC website ( offers several publications that deal
specifically with floods. These publications provide a checklist for home
owners as they begin the process of clean up and outline how to prevent mold
and how to work with your insurance company after water damage has occurred.
    For your protection, CMHC advises that you wear safety gloves, safety
glasses and an N-95 CSA rated mask when dealing with mold. You should also
take safety precautions to avoid electrical shock when cleaning up after a
flood, such as wearing rubber boots and keeping extension cords out of the
water. Also, be sure to shut the power off to the flooded area at the breaker
box, and ask your electrical utility for help if needed.
    As well, don't forget to photograph or videotape the damage for your
insurance company, before beginning the clean up.
    "The use of bleach is not recommended. Once water is removed, using
household detergent and hot water on most surfaces is most effective," says
    "On concrete, use one 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 more information call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit their website
at and do a keyword search for "flood".

For further information:

For further information: Courtney Peers, CMHC, Marketing &
Communications, Office: (403) 515-2963, Cell: (403) 993-5233

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