BASIC DO's & DON'TS of COATING MOLDY SURFACES AFTER FLOOD OR MOLD REMEDIATION:
DO - Email Support at earthpaint.net to check each project individually. Consult professionals in advance (these are just basics here).
DO - Use Dehumidifiers [not hvacs].
DO - Clean as much as is safely possible [We use Earth Clean].
DO - Remove wet items like fabrics, carpets.
DO - Cross ventilate with Powerful fans blowing in and out of opposing windows.
DO - Pull off baseboard and cut out enough drywall behind it to spray Lime Prime up into the wall cavities (if the walls got wet).
DO - Insure surfaces and building is structurally sound. Cover anything not getting coated.
DO - Paint the entire building with Lime Prime to create a breathable, clean surface.
DO - Encapsulate moist moldy surfaces with Lime Prime if a breathable coating is required. This will allow the surface to dry out safely.
DO - Move in if necessary. For those who can't have all repairs done immediately, Lime Prime will buy time to Assess the damage and have professional repairs done as necessary.
DO - Follow up in 30-60 Days. Check the project. Touch up Lime Prime after repairs if needed and apply Lime Seal to create a waterproof, mold resistant coating where warranted.
DON'T - Move back in too early.
DON'T - Rely on Central Air Systems. Avoid using them if possible or they may become mold culture dishes that blow spores relentlessly. Once mold Clean up and Lime Prime is done, then it is much safer to run HVAC's.
DON'T - Wait for Flood Damage to become a Mold Nightmare. There are some repairs that must be done promptly, or health and safety issues can become serious.
DON'T - Remain homeless. Lime Prime can be applied to one room at a time if needed. Contact us or a professional mold remediation contractor for advice.
DON'T - Seal or encapsulate moldy wet surfaces with a mold killing paint or any other that is not intended to be breathable, porous and capable of allowing substrates to dry out properly. Breathability and Rot are closely related.
Tom Rioux founded Earthpaint after becoming severely ill as a professional paint contractor.