The damage from floodwater caused by massive rainstorms and hurricanes can be substantial. However, once the storms have abated and the damage has been assessed, mold can appear and cause even more destruction.
How Mold Affects Homes Damaged by Floodwater
Mold is present even in the driest of climates, but it does not cause any damage until it is exposed to moist or wet surfaces and allowed to grow. The aftermath of hurricanes and massive rainstorms, which generate floodwater, represents the greatest danger for a mold invasion. Left unchecked, mold can begin to grow inside walls, ceilings, and under floors that cause damage and continue to grow until it is removed.
Generally speaking, mold will begin to take hold and grow in structures that have been exposed to floodwater from 24 to 48 hours after the waters have receded. Substances that are organic in nature, such as wood, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, insulation, ceiling tiles, and more, make for natural homes to the growing mold. The mold consumes the surface material and its spores expand throughout the residence or business while also affecting the health of those who live or work inside.
In rare cases, mold may cause the structure to be condemned and torn down, which causes thousands of dollars in damage as carpets, flooring, and drywall are removed and replaced.
Health Effects of Mold
The health of those living or working inside residences or commercial buildings with growing mold will emulate allergy symptoms in most cases:
- Runny Nose
- Eye & Skin Irritation
Those who are susceptible to respiratory illnesses, such as those with asthma, young children, the elderly, and pregnant women, may have a more serious reaction to being exposed to mold spores. In rare cases, such as those involving black mold that has toxic properties, the symptoms may require a hospital visit. However, the symptoms will usually be mild, but persistent.
For areas hit by hurricanes or torrential rainstorms that left behind floodwater, the troubles are only the beginning as the growth of mold not only threatens the health of those who live or work inside, but also the very structure of the residence or business itself.
How Brickley Environmental Can Help
If you are facing a potential issue with mold, then please call or contact the professionals at Brickley Environmental. They offer their extensive knowledge and years of experience in identifying and removing mold from residences, commercial buildings, and facilities. You can trust the experts at Brickley Environmental to inspect and identify patches of mold, discover their presence in buildings, and remove the substance in a prompt, professional manner.