Mold After Hurricane Sandy

After Hurricane Sandy: Mold Can Be a Threat to Your Home or Business

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, homes, offices, and other enclosed areas that were moist or flooded may harboring bacteria and mold. Health officials say fast action can prevent mold growth.

The most common problems for people are allergies (such as hay fever, asthma, or irritation of the eyes, nose, throat or lungs) from breathing mold spores. Indoor mold growth does not affect everyone, but people who are sensitive to molds should avoid areas with active mold growth until they can be cleaned or removed.  People with already reduced immune systems, such as children, the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions, are at higher risk for complications associated with mold exposure.

When flood waters invade your property it is imperative to remove the water and dry out the structure within the first 24 hours.  Quickly responding to the water intrusion will significantly decrease the potential for mold growth.  A professional restoration company will use fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the property.  This process can be costly and take some time, but the cost and time far outweighs the health risks for mold exposure.  Without proper drying, weeks and months can go by and slowly the moisture will result in mold growth. Molds can penetrate the floor boards, molding, drywall and insulation.  Property owners who have fallen victim to the flood waters of Hurricane Sandy should have a thorough mold inspection completed prior to repairing the structure.

Considering the massive amount of water that flooded homes and businesses throughout New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, property owners must be diligent about monitoring the potential for mold growth during the clean up and restoration processes.  All wet or damp items need to be immediately removed from the structure, especially those that have been wet for more than 2 days.  Wearing protective gear, such as boots and gloves, will help to reduce adverse health risks during the cleanup process.  Respiratory masks are also recommended to avoid breathing in any impending toxins.  Any personal belongings that were exposed to water should not be brought back into the property until they are thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and dried.

Pride Public Adjusters, Inc. is on the ground, helping victims of Hurricane Sandy, with mold inspections and restoration services, throughout New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

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