For Immediate Release
May 14, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461


KDHE Offers Advice on Mold Cleanup

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is providing recommendations for controlling mold. After storms and flooding, it is important for property owners to clean up in a way that eliminates mold growth as much as possible. Exposure to mold can lead to allergic reactions, asthma and other problems with breathing.  Mold can also damage wood and other parts of a building if left untreated.

After flooding, flooded structures should be dried thoroughly and quickly .Mold spores are almost everywhere and will grow on sheetrock, carpets, furniture and other materials in the presence of moisture. Here are some things to know when cleaning up after flooding:

For additional information, contact Joyce Barrett at jbarret@kdheks.gov; or Scott Weir at 785-291-3272, sweir@kdheks.gov. Or, link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mold removal fact sheet at www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/pdf/flyer-get-rid-of-mold.pdf or theEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA) Web site at www.epa.gov/mold/index.html.

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