Company Outlines Proper Protocols for Handling Water Damage Depending on Length of Time of Water Exposure

LOS ANGELES, CA: Building Cleaning Services, (, a company specializing in water damage cleanup, mold removal and post construction cleanup, has released information on the proper procedures and protocols for cleanup for water damage situations.

Jeff Valliere, BCS Vice President for Sales & Delivery, stated ?There are basically three different sets of protocols (procedures) used, depending on how long the area has been wet. Visible mold can appear on wet surfaces within 72 hours (within 24 hours in the case of ?black water,? e.g. a sewer backup).?

?First protocol: When the area has been wet for less than 24 hours our aim is to prevent mold growth in the first place.?This requires swift response and rapid dry-out to reduce moisture levels below the minimum required to support mold growth.? Procedures include extracting excess water, treating wet surfaces to inhibit mold growth during the drying process, opening wet wall cavities and utilizing HEPA filtered air movers and high capacity dehumidification equipment to rapidly dry the structures and materials involved.?

?Second protocol: When the area has been wet more than 72 hours, special protocols are implemented.?Rapid drying is still important to minimize the areas of mold growth (and the areas that will require replacement of structural materials), but in these circumstances containment of the drying area is essential to prevent cross contamination of adjacent areas with high quantities of mold spores.?

?Third protocol: When the area has been wet for a week or more there is little to be gained from drying the structure.? The mold is already widespread and the best thing to do is utilize standard mold remediation protocols, which include drying of all remaining wet structural members after all mold impacted materials have been safely removed while under negative air pressure containment?, concluded Valliere.

BCS (Building Cleaning Services), is a company providing mold removal, water damage cleanup, post construction cleanup, and office cleaning services for the Greater Los Angeles and San Diego areas. Established in 1997, they have over a decade of experience as a company with fast service, high professionalism and a high work ethic. BCS is certified by the Institute of Inspection and Cleaning and Restoration and Environmental Testing & Technology. To learn more, visit, call 818-953-7100 or e-mail

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