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(Fark)   Farkers who have dealt with floods, help. My house is under water after Hurricane Delta. Never flooded before. House likely is a loss, considering damage already done by Hurricane Laura. Any tips on what to be aware of or expect?   ( divider line
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2020-10-12 9:11:02 PM  

o4tuna: I don't know if this will help you specifically, but might help somebody.
For mold growing in walls, commercial ozone generators can be rented cheap, and work like a miracle.

I used to do apartment maintenance. Had a one bedroom apt, on a slab floor. Woman lived there for 5 years with 3 full sized pit bulls. She didn't let them out very often. The unit stank so bad, it burnt your eyes. Ripped up the carpet & padding, washed the walls & concrete floor with bleach, vinegar, soap, enzymatic pet odor remover. It still stank bad. Figured the urine had wicked into the walls. We were talking about tearing the drywall off & reframing some of the walls. One of my suppliers suggested a commercial ozone generator. It was like $25 per day to rent. Used it for 48 hours. Smelled like a swimming pool in there. Let it air out for a couple days, no urine smell. Apparently, it kills all mold, bacteria and things that cause bad odors, even inside the wall cavities.

Yeah, ozone is the cat's meow when it comes to biological odor control.  The O3 molecules are insane oxidizers and rip odoriferous organic molecules to shreds.  We have a little one we use to de-stink anything the pets get to.  Originally bought it when the cat pissed on the brand new tent I set up in the basement as a setup dry run.  Never been used and now it reeked.  The ozone generator worked better than Mirazyme but I suspect it's tough on the tent fabric.

If you do run one, seal off the doors and windows and stay the fark out of the room for a good two hours or more after it's fine running.  We ozoned a 13x15 room and stupid me kept slipping back in for a minute or so a couple times to adjust and didn't do great holding my breath.  Ozone has a kind of sweet smell, and just a minute or two exposure left me hoarse with difficult breathing for about a week.  Didn't hurt at all at the time.
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