Saturday, March 12, 2011


With tri-state area experiencing widespread flooding and local rivers predicted to rise through the weekend, please consider an interview offering  “SEVEN HOME FLOOD AND MOLD PREVENTION TIPS ,” with Mike Dunphy, Editor in Chief  and Publisher of Holmesmagazine.

Dunphy has over 20+ years experience as a professional contractor and recently launched the shelter publication Holmes: The Magazine To Make It Right, with Mike Holmes, America’s Most Trusted Contractor and star of “Holmes on Homes” and “Holmes Inspection,” as seen on HGTV.

  1. Unplug all electrical appliances before the water enters to prevent electrical fires.
  2.  When using a sump pump, make sure no debris surrounds it that can get sucked in, clog it, and prevent the pump from keeping up with the rising water.
  3. Ensure the pump hose removing the flood water is discharging that water at least 16 feet away from the house – otherwise that water will just come right back into the home.
  4. During flood cleanup, pull back or remove any item that can retain moisture like carpeting to discourage mold growth.
  5. Turn on the heat in your basement to dry out any excess moisture to help prevent mold.

  1. Ensure your home’s lawn slopes AWAY from the house!  Ground sloping towards the home channels water right into it. If this is an issue, have a contractor or landscaper re-grade the  property.
  2. Check your foundation annually to ensure that moisture is not penetrating the house --  and repair it BEFORE an emergency situation arises.
HOLMES: The Magazine to Make it Right - HOLMES: The Magazine to Make it Right is the recently launched shelter publication by Mike Holmes, the star of “Holmes on Homes” as seen on HGTV. Distributed by Time Warner Retail, HOLMES: The Magazine to Make it Right is designed to serve as a manual for every homeowner, man or woman. Covering an array of home renovation related topics, this publication strives to “make it better” by “building it right the first time.” The first issue hit stands in the US in November 2010 and will soon be introduced in the United Kingdom and Australia. (

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