Researchers at Colorado State University are maintaining their prediction of a near-average 2019 hurricane season. Updated projections released predict 13 named storms will form in 2019, with six becoming hurricanes and two classified as major hurricanes.
Despite the fact it is now hurricane season, every Floridian must face the here and now. The reality that every after a hurricane or tropical storm, mold, which can cause health problems, spreads easily in flooded homes and is difficult (or expensive) to remove.
As reported every after the hurricane, thousands of victims will assess and repair the damage to their homes. Many will tear out flooring and drywall to try to get rid of mold, and which costs a lot of money. Let ServiceMaster Restore of Cobb, Georgia and Tennessee disaster restoration expert gives you an informative article about molds and how to prevent it.
WHAT IS MOLD?
Molds are a large and taxonomically diverse number of fungal species that can be found both indoors and outdoors. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores.
HOW DO MOLDS AFFECT PEOPLE?
Some people are sensitive to molds which if exposed can lead to symptoms such as the stuffy nose, red or itchy eyes, or skin, and wheezing. While those people, such as with allergies to molds or with asthma, may have more intense reactions like shortness of breath and fever.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR MOLD TO SPREAD?
When a home has water damage, mold starts to grow within 24 to 48 hours of water exposure on surfaces such as wood, ceiling tiles, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, and insulation. Within just a few hours, the mold spores can be everywhere in your home and be ready to settle wherever they can feed.
HOW TO PREVENT MOLDS FROM GROWING AFTER WATER DAMAGE?
The only way to prevent mold from infesting your home following water damage is to dry the premises within the first 48 hours after the water breach. Proper drying, however, is laborious and exhausting. Water can be anywhere that may spread into walls, under floors, and through ceilings on its route to the lowest point in the house.
The only solution to remove all moisture from your home in the 48-72 hour window when drying can prevent mold from forming, you’re going to need the help of professional drying services. The experts have the technical knowledge and the specialized equipment needed to safely remove standing water, locate hidden issues, and thoroughly dry your home, preventing further damage and mold growth.