Updates: A City of Toronto webpage concerned with basement flooding can be accessed here.
A June 30, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “Broken water main causes Etobicoke basement flooding: Flooding affects homes on Evans Avenue.”
A June 20, 2014 CBC Saskatchewan article is entitled: “Tips and suggestions for people with flooded basements: Got a flooded basement? Here’s some advice …”
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The headline for an Aug. 1, 2013 Etobicoke Guardian article by Tamara Shephard reads:
Post-flooding moisture poses threat: professor
The opening paragraphs read:
A University of Toronto professor is warning residents whose basements flooded in the torrential July 8 rainstorm to take action against moisture-damaged materials to protect themselves against mould growth.
Since the 126 millimetre deluge, Etobicoke residents have contended with insurance adjusters and contractors hired to rip out sewage-soaked carpet, flood-damaged flooring and soggy drywall.
The question — did they do it quickly enough?
Professor Jeffrey Siegel, who studies indoor air quality in residential and commercial buildings, urges residents that if they didn’t act quickly to professionally dry moisture-damaged materials, they should pitch them.
“Any moisture-damaged materials should be dried professionally with an industrial-sized dehumidifier very fast, within 48 hours, to really remove all the moisture. Otherwise, those materials should be removed and replaced. I’m not diminishing the fact that can be a very expensive proposition,” Siegel said.
An American, Siegel said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends drying moisture-soaked materials within 48 hours.
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