Know The Facts About Mold

 

When you live at the beach, the problem of mold is something you are always aware of. But after the massive intrusion of water into homes during Hurricane Sandy, it is important to take steps as soon as possible to lower the chances of mold making your home, its home too.

First and foremost, you MUST remove any building components, (e.g. carpets, gypsum dry wall (to a point at least 6 inches above the visible water mark), insulation, plywood flooring) that got soaked during the storm. Clean out crawl spaces as soon as all standing water is drained or pumped out. This can be a very emotional task, especially if you have stored items in your crawl space that has sentimental value to you…but this is absolutely necessary to protect you and your family from the propagation mold.

If you need help getting wet materials OUT of your home, there are resources available in Breezy Point to help you. Go to our Services page to contact volunteers who can and will help.

If you need cleaning supplies, including bleach, the American Red Cross has provided clean-up kits that can be taken from the Clubhouse for your use.

Next, get the rest of your home as dry as possible. Soft goods like clothes, bedding and couch/chair cushions might be salvaged but by now they should be long dry. If not, you must seriously consider disposing of anything that is either still wet or was not dried out within a day or two after getting wet. Soft goods can be cleaned by following some simple steps using a standard washing machine. For specific details, visit the web-site "How to get mold out of clothes and fabrics"

There are mold remediation companies that are trained and equipped to treat mold that has developed in your home. As always, choose vendors wisely and be sure to check their reputation and experience.

So what does it mean to you if mold takes hold in your home? Well, aside from being unsightly, it can make you sick. You might experience such ailments as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people are actually allergic to mold (and might not know it.) Severe reactions are likely to occur in such people. If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, seek medical assistance immediately.

Children are particularly vulnerable and it has been reported that exposure to mold by young children can lead to the development of asthma.

Molds can trigger asthma episodes in individuals that already have asthma. People with asthma should avoid contact with or exposure to molds. Read more about asthma triggers on EPA's Asthma Website.

Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.

And finally, people who are immune-compromised by medical conditions or current medications are further susceptible to mold-induced infections.

Remember, help Is available for you to address preventing the chance of mold-growth in your house in the wake of the hurricane. Don’t go it alone!!