Advice for flood victims cleaning their homes following flooding

Advice for flood victims cleaning and repairing their homes

Many people across southeast Texas are still cleaning up after Hurricane Harvey devastated the region.

KFDM/Fox 4 spoke with a store manager at Lowe’s who said after flooding one of the biggest concerns homeowners face is mold, which can cause health problems.

"When there's water, soon to follow there's going to be mold and the biggest thing with mold is making sure that's if it's already present you've got to initially kill it," said Blake Olivier, a store manager at Lowe's.

He warned against using bleach.

"Bleach is highly not recommended. Bleach will kill on hard surfaces but as you can imagine with studs and other porous material, you need to have that proper chemical to eradicate and prevent that mold from growing," Olivier said.

He suggested a product called Concrobium Mold Control to treat mold in homes following flooding.

"You have to first spray it and apply to control the mold. Allow it to fully dry. Wipe it clean and then actually come back with a second application to make sure that you prevent future growth. And that's the scary part about mold," said Olivier.

He said for an average size home it will take about 8 to 10 gallons of the chemical to treat mold, but it varies depending on the size of your house.

"This is going to be a process for those that were impacted and it's going to be a long process but the thing is just thinking through it and really being safe through the whole process is key," Olivier said.

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