Charlie: Scott’s up in Kingwood. He writes to us, “I’ve listened to your show during the flooding crisis and you mentioned killing mold and spraying pigmented shellac.” Can you expand on that? He wants to understand it, we’re going to send him some links to some of our video stuff we did about it, Tom, but for sake of explanation, can you explain why and all that?
Tom: Yeah, after you get it all dried out, or before it’s even dried out, you spray with an anti-bacterial cleaner. There’s a bunch of them out there, Consan was one we kind of promoted quite a bit because it’s very common. But there’s others out there, too, in fact, right after Harvey they were loaded up at the Home Depots by the gallons. You don’t use a bleach, you use an anti-bacterial product. It’s not as harsh on the wood and it does a better job killing the mold spores. Once it’s dry and you get down to around that 15 or less percent with your moisture meter in the wood, then you spray all the lumber inside the wall with a pigmented shellac to keep any of the mold from coming back and then close up the walls and put it back together.