World Cares Center continues to assist Staten Island homeowners as they work to recover their homes after Superstorm Sandy. This project involves the mucking out, or gutting, of a home and/or providing mold suppression treatment. Volunteers will be matched with an experienced team lead and perform the basics of a home muck out as a team member. Each team will have one Team Lead, one Safety Officer/Homeowner Liaison, and several Muck Out Volunteers. Please see the additional project details below for descriptions of each role.
All volunteers are provided with personal safety and muck out equipment, with the exception of hard hats. If you have access to basic hand tools (wrenches, screwdrivers, pry bars) or work gloves and are willing to use them on this project, please feel free to bring them.
This project involves actual muck out and mold suppression work. Volunteers should come prepared to participate in the entire process, which includes but may not be limited to: attending a briefing and debriefing, performing physical labor throughout the day, and exposure to mold and chemicals used to mitigate mold growth. Wear sturdy closed toed shoes, long pants and sleeves, and layers for the cold. Bring a lunch and water with you. This project is not safe or appropriate for anyone under the age of 18. After signing up you will receive information on the meeting address and process.
Additional Project Details
Team Lead: As a team leader you will be managing a diverse set of Volunteers. You will be briefed by World Cares on proper muck out procedure, system of communication, and volunteer management.
• Build and manage a work team
• Communicate assignment to each team members • Assess team member’s abilities and place them in roles that would best fit
• Communicate with WCC/WCC Liaison on homeowner needs
• Arrange and manage briefings and debriefings on work day
Safety Officer: Under the Supervision of the Team Leader, the person in this role will:
• Be responsible for first aid & hydration of all volunteers
• Ensure volunteers are taking breaks and eating
• Double check all safety gear and equipment
• Remind everyone to “Be Safe & to Use Common Sense,” etc.
• Ensure everyone is wearing a mask • Make sure you have the First Aid Kit
• Assist with minor cuts and first aid needs
As You Arrive:
1. Make sure you are at the correct address
2. Property OWNER must sign a liability release and permission form Talking with the Homeowners:
• Explain to the homeowner what we do when we clean out a home.
• Explain to the homeowner the health hazards that may be present if the interior walls have had water and mud between them.
• Explain that the type of mold that grows from flood waters and mud can cause serious lung problems. Assist homeowner with articles to throw away or salvage, always letting him decide! Be sensitive to homeowner’s loss, which will most often be everything due to contamination!
What can I Save?
• Nonporous items like china, glass, jewelry, porcelain and metal
• All-wood furniture with mold growth but otherwise in good condition
• Some electronics and small appliances that have not been under water
• Photographs, books, and valuable or important legal documents with minor levels of mold growth
• Artwork, textiles, clothing that are not physically damaged.
The following items generally need to be thrown away when you can see or smell mold and/or the materials have been under water:
• Carpet, carpet padding and rugs
• Upholstered furniture
• Computers, microwaves, window A/C units and other electronics/ appliances that had fans and were housed in moldy rooms.
• Papers and books
• Food items, including canned foods that were in contact with flood waters
Muck Out Volunteers
Before You Begin Work Inside:
• Make sure work areas are well ventilated
•Open windows and allow to air out
• Remove any drapes or curtains that may impede air flow
• Open all crawl spaces
• Do not linger in areas where gas fumes are present. Be especially careful about flames or sparks where fumes are detected.
Clear the room to clean the room
• Remove contaminated debris/items in a procession from smallest to large appliances
• If there are clean areas of the home contain the area with plastic sheeting on entrances
• Mattresses and upholstered furniture should be removed and disposed.
• Dispose of any articles that are punctured.
• Do not open refrigerators and freezers. Duct tape lids and doors shut.
• Remove all built-in cabinets if the water line is above the counter top.
• When all articles are removed, determine how much wall and permanent floor removal is necessary.
• Cut walls 12 inches above flood level
• Remove and dispose of all floor coverings
• Wash entire area beginning at flood level. Spray and scrub visible mold. Use mops, squeegees, and brooms to eliminate excess water. ½ cup dishwashing detergent, 3 cups Borax, 3 gallons water
• To sanitize non porous items
•Use two tablespoons bleach to one gallon water
• Allow to soak for at least two minutes
•Do NOT wipe, allow to air dry
• Primarily for use with dishes
• Use boiling water for pots, pans, and silverware (bleach can have an adverse effect on metals)
•Spray Borax detergent solution on visible topical mold
•Scrub and/or scrape affected area