From Hurricane Irene last year to Hurricane Sandy this year, the east coast has been continuously hit with whipping winds, pounding rain, and raging flood waters. Together, these elements hit the homes and businesses of the east coast in a fury, leaving many homes and buildings full of water and debris. As if the water damage was not enough, mold quickly began to grow inside the structures, increasing the damage to properties and making clean-up from the storm a dangerous health risk. Thousands of home and business owners up and down the east coast do not realize that if they can get a structural drying professional to the property within 48-72 hours then they can keep the mold from starting to grow at the very beginning of the cleanup, saving thousands of dollars in repair costs. With the volume and ferocity of storms continuing to rise, knowing how to keep your home and family safe from the spread of mold has never been more important.
When water invades a home or structure, it does not take long before mold will begin to grow. Mold spores are constantly floating all around us just waiting to find moisture to land on and start growing. Once a spore finds a moist landing spot it begins to root and feed off of the material it is attached to. Within hours the mold begins to spread to other moist areas, damaging the structural integrity of the material it feeds off of. Once mold has its foothold on a surface in your home, it will begin to fill the air with thousands of spores that can cause asthma, sinus infections, irritated eyes, sore throats, allergies, and other respiratory issues. Many people fail to realize that all of these effects could have been avoided if the moisture was eliminated before mold had the chance to take root in their home. The most dangerous cases of mold growing in homes come when the growth is out of sight. If the occupants of the home or structure are not able to visibly see the mold, they may not be aware that they are constantly breathing in thousands of spores that are affecting their respiratory function and damaging their bodies from within.