Mold And Mildew After The Storm can be a really big problem. What is mold and mildew. To clarify, mold and mildew are both fungi. Mildew is the early form of mold (sort of a warning sign that mold is coming.) but they are different fungi. After a big rain event like Tropical Storm Colin which may have produced flooding, mold can be a mega clean-up task. Your first sign of mold/mildew may be the odor. It does have a distinctive musty smell.
Mildew grows on all kinds of household areas like wood; carpets; ceiling tiles; plants; fabric on couches, curtains; insulation; and, eeeuw, foods. (well, that’s how they found penicillin so maybe it’s not all bad).
Whether you’re allergic or not, It can cause you to sneeze, your nose runs, your eyes get irritated, and you may see a rash develop, also it can trigger attacks in people with asthma.
Mold reproduces by spores and colonies can develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure. And, it will continue to grow until remediation.
Mold And Mildew After The Storm.
What causes Mold and Mildew to develop?
- Flood waters rising inside your home.
- Roof leaks
- Burst pipes that flood carpets (I had this happen years ago).
- Damp basements (not a problem here in Florida)
- Not using the air conditioning in the summer when the humidity is high.
Finally, in Florida, use your air conditioning. Many people also use a dehumidifier.
Steps to Clean Up Mold and Mildew
- Make sure the area you working in is well-ventilated.
- Wear protective gear such as gloves and a mask.
- If mold is very bad and you feel you’re health is affected, consider using a professional. They have all the proper equipment.
- Disinfect with a 10% bleach solution for 10 minutes. Rise with water, or put in the washer if washable.
- In general, fabrics, books, and other porous materials are a challenge. Fabric wet for 24 hours or less should be cleaned using a pine based cleaner, allowed to dry, monitor for several days to make sure there is no new growth. Maybe throw it out if it does.
- Make sure any leaks in and around your home are attended to.
- Clean birdbaths and exterior statuary.
What would you do about it? Again, you would check with a professional depending on how bad your infestation is. And make sure you keep the air conditioning on and the ceiling fans going to circulate air in your home. Small bathmats are a much better alternative in the bathroom; they can be washed regularly.
In conclusion, for Information about mold and mildew in Florida, visit FEMA.
In fact, helpful information about health issues can be found here.
Additionally, lots of information about mold and mildew can be found at Responsible Mold Solutions Coalition
Hope this is of help to our local folks who lived through the storm and the flooding.
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