The thousands of individuals and families whose residences sustained water damage as a result of Hurricane Irene may now be confronting another threat to their homes and health — mold.
We know for sure that nobody can stay in a mold-infested home. Mold can cause serious health problems, as well as structural damage to a home when a property has experienced flooding.
Mold is a simple microscopic organism. When present in large quantities, mold can cause respiratory problems, burning or watery eyes, skin irritations or nervous system disorders such as headaches and memory loss.
When waters flood a home or business it may cause mold to grow on walls and flooring within 24 to 48 hours. Even worse, mold will continue growing until steps are taken to eliminate the problem.
Dry out quickly
Drying out thoroughly may help prevent immediate and long-term health problems. Allow areas to dry two to three days before replacing damaged materials.
Open the windows to fresh air. The humidity level inside a home or business can be lowered with a fan or dehumidifier, unless the mold has already begun to grow. Fans can spread existing mold. Closets and cabinets should be aired by keeping their doors open. Special drying materials that absorb water also are useful in drying out closed areas.
Remove all water and fix any leaks before cleaning. If wiring is wet or moldy, an electrician needs to check the entire system before turning the power on again.
Porous materials such as paper, rags, wallboard and rotten wood can trap molds and should be thrown out. Harder materials such as glass, plastic and metal can be cleaned and disinfected.
At Tiptop Restoration we specialize in these mold removal services to help you through disasters: Our services are performed by our certified technicians who focus high-quality results and outstanding customer service above all else. Our services are 100% satisfaction and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you have mold problems, don’t delay, call the professional mold removal technicians at Tiptop Restoration.