When it comes to hurricanes, the first thing that comes to mind is the devastation the storm causes. Strong winds can level a building, and heavy rains can cause floods, electrical concerns, and extensive damage. Mold is another unfortunate consequence of moisture. Mold poses significant risks to people’s health and the structural integrity of a building. Prevention is the best defense, and with mold, in particular, you’ll be far better off being proactive than reactive.
Preventing the growth of mold
Being prepared for a hurricane will help tremendously, and you can never be too careful. Take the time to plan out what you and your family need to do in the event of a hurricane; this includes having proper supplies and an escape route. As far as mold is concerned, there are a few things you can do.
Keep your windows closed. One sure fire way to get moisture in your home is to have your windows open, and once moisture sinks into the walls, your risk of having mold dramatically increases. Keeping your windows closed will also help prevent potentially dangerous debris from flying into your home.
Be on the lookout for leaks. If you notice a leak, do your best to contain the water. Dry any wet areas as quickly as possible. In most cases, it takes mold about three days to grow.
In the event of a power outage chances are you won’t have access to dehumidifiers, fans, or anything that can make the drying process more manageable. In those cases, it’s best to remove objects that can become soiled as soon as possible and check items that can absorb moisture easily, like rugs, and pillows. Even a small amount of water can be the starting point for mold to grow, so take precautions.
Remember that even if your home seems dry, water can seep into unexpected places, causing mold to grow.
Controlling mold after a storm
If you notice mold, you need to be careful. Firstly, avoid the contaminated area. Mold can be an irritant. Young children, elderly, those with respiratory complications, and people with suppressed or weakened immune systems need to be especially careful around the mold. Check for mold before allowing children and others into the building. Mold can hide, so you’ll want to conduct a thorough check. If you notice a strange damp smell proceed with caution.
Contact a mold remediation company if you notice any mold. A professional can locate the source of the mold and use the correct equipment to take care of the damage. Don’t try to handle the mold yourself. Avoid contact with any contaminated areas and do not open windows after you’ve returned home. The humidity and the fresh air can cause mold to spread.
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