My father has a small shop 25 x 12 that sits in the back portion of his property that when it floods real bad, water can and has sometimes gotten up to just under the floor. He has had two "hundred year floods" in the past 5 years. About 20 years ago I tore the old plywood floor out of this old shed and replaced the floor joists and plywood floor with all treated material. The walls of the shop are not treated. Anyway...my father has not used his shop in the past couple years due to health related issues. I've been talking with my father about using his jointer and planer in his shop at his home. Today he called me to tell me that he went out to the shop and has found mold growing pretty bad on the walls. He fears that it is to a point that it is not healthy to be out there. He has told me to come get any machines that I want and to help him remove everything else to maybe sell.
My question is.....can mold get into and onto the equipment making them un-cleanable and unusable? I know that if it's in the wood it will continue to grow but I'm assuming that if it's on metal...it can be cleaned. My dad is pretty upset that he found the shop in this condition but knows that it's time to get rid of everything before it's a total loss.
I'm going tomorrow night to take a look at the problem and try to come with a timeline to start clearing things out.
I'm also guessing that any wood he has stored in there should probably be destroyed.