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Posted on: July 3, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Linn County Public Health urges residents to respond quickly to flooded homes

Date: July 3, 2014

Contact: Ruby Perin,
Healthy Homes Branch Supervisor, Linn County Public Health (319) 892-6000


Linn County Public Health urges residents to respond quickly to flooded homes
Flash flooding plagues residents

Cedar Rapids, IA — Linn County Public Health urges residents to respond quickly to water intrusion. A building has many openings that may allow water to enter. With the recent rain falls sweeping across eastern Iowa, many residents have experienced some water intrusion in their home. Increased water activity over time increases the likelihood of damaging effects upon the building and quality of the indoor air. Precautions should be taken to protect yourself and your family.

To prevent mold growth:
• Remove sources of water or moisture
• Immediately clean up and dry surfaces with 48 hours
• Use dehumidifiers and air conditioning to keep relative humidity less than 60%

The key to mold control is moisture control. LCPH has moisture meters available for a small deposit that is 100% refundable when the meter is returned. Moisture meters can help determine the amount of moisture in wood substrate. This tool will aid in your decisions when surfaces are adequately dry and can be covered.

If you find mold:
• Repair the defects that led to the water intrusion and accumulation
• Scrub surfaces with soap and water and dry completely
• Absorbent or porous materials such as carpet or ceiling tiles may have to be thrown away. Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials so the mold may be difficult or impossible to remove completely.
• Avoid exposing yourself and others to mold or mold spores by using appropriate personal protective equipment
• Do no paint or caulk moldy surfaces. Clean up the mold and dry the surfaces before painting. Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel.

For more information on mold and mold clean up after flooding, call Linn County Public Health at 319.892.6000, visit, or visit our Facebook or Twitter pages.