Hurricane Season: What to be aware of for mold testing and water damage

Hurricane Season is here in Florida. Here's what you need to know about the unseen dangers of mold and water damage before the storm hits.

The peak of Hurricane Season is quickly approaching and it's important to be prepared for any potential damage that can occur. One often unseen – and under-prepared for – danger during a hurricane is the spread of mold. Mold can grow rapidly in moist environments, so it's essential to take preventative steps before, during, and after a storm hits.

Mold does more than just damage your home's interior and furniture; uncontrolled mold growth poses significant health risks. Even though some spores can be harmless, mold is always an issue to take care of before it becomes a serious problem. Always make sure you take practical steps for mold prevention before and during the hurricane season.

In this blog post, we'll go over everything you need to know about mold prevention during Hurricane Season.

Hurricane season officially runs from June through November, but the peak months are typically September and October. During this time, it's important to be extra vigilant about potential water damage in your home. Water can enter your home in a number of ways during a hurricane - through leaky windows, doors, or roofs; by seeping in through cracks in the foundation; or by flooding. Any of these scenarios can create the perfect environment for mold to grow.

What can you do to prevent mold growth during Hurricane Season?

Seal off points of entry for water

The first step is to seal off any potential entry points for water. This includes repairing any leaks in your roof or around windows and doors. If you know your home is prone to flooding, take steps to protect it before a storm hits. This might involve elevation changes or installing flood barriers. Remember to look beyond windows and doors – check the base and tops of walls, stairways, bulkheads, and anywhere else water could potentially enter.

Remove any water immediately

During a hurricane, it's important to keep an eye on potential sources of water damage. If you experience any flooding, be sure to clean it up as soon as possible. Any standing water should be removed, and the area should be dried out completely. Having a dehumidifier and air conditioner on hand for moisture prevention is also key for when power returns.

If you suspect areas of your home have been exposed to water, mold testing is essential. A professional mold inspection can identify problem areas and help you develop a plan for mold removal.

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Keep windows closed and dehumidifier and air conditioner on

As long as you have power, air conditioning and dehumidifiers work wonders at keeping moisture at bay.

What to do after the hurricane

If water got into your home during the hurricane, you have a potential mold problem on your hands. Mold can grow anywhere there is moisture, even on the smallest things. As a result, the first thing you need to do is completely remove anything that has gotten wet. Things to check include rugs, pillows, furniture, walls, and anything porous.

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Important reminder about Hurricane Season

Remember that mold generally starts to grow three days after serious moisture exposure. After three days have passed, you’re better off not touching anything in the flooded area. Some experts believe the period could be even shorter – within 24 to 48 hours. The most conservative estimates warn against touching anything that got wet after 48 hours have passed.

Call the professionals to remove your water-damaged belongings – remember any exposure to mold is dangerous to your body. Health problems can include a stuffy nose, irritated eyes, wheezing, skin irritation, difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath, and even mold infections in the lungs.

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Rainy Season Helpful Reminders

Even when there is no hurricane threat, in the Florida Rainy Season, it is important to check your home routinely for small leaks and any sign of water damage around the exterior or interior of your home. Mold is a fungus that likes to grow in moist areas and it can begin growing in the hours after a high water event!  We are here to help - check out these quick tips:

Helpful tips to minimize your chance of mold this rainy season

  1. Have air conditioning in your home.
  2. Use a dehumidifier occasionally.
  3. Have tile in your bathroom instead of carpet.
  4. Always use a cleaner that has bleach when cleaning in moist areas.
  5. Check all seals around sinks, bathtubs, and anywhere water will be present.
  6. Check your insurance policy again to be sure if mold from water damage is covered when the water damage was not caused by a natural disaster.

Hurricane Season can be a stressful time, but by taking some simple precautions you can protect your home from mold growth. Be sure to seal off entry points for water, monitor for flooding, and test for mold if you suspect exposure to water.

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With a little preparation, you can rest easy knowing that your home is safe from the dangers of Hurricane Season. Although damage from hurricanes can be devastating, using the above tips can keep you and your family safe from mold damage. Engage Mold Solutions of Florida is here to help ensure your home is safe after a hurricane. Contact us today.

 

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