Hurricane Irene may have happened almost a year ago, but her affects are still being felt. Houses that were not properly dried allowed molds to take root and are continuing to grow today. During hurricanes and widespread flooding there are not enough water damage companies to go around, so the existing ones cut corners and don’t leave their equipment in the home long enough. Most people may have not noticed it right away because of a dry winter, but now with the air conditioners pumping, the smell is becoming more and more noticeable.
Flood insurance just covers structural damage to the home it doesn’t cover mold. Most homeowners policies unless you have bought extra coverage for mold will not help. If the home was dried by a professional company and they didn’t do it properly you may be able to sue. If you did it yourself and you didn’t do it properly you have a big problem on your hands.
The worst mold problems are when the molds are hidden out of view. The homeowner has no way other than tearing up floors and walls to find them. A professional mold remediation company should be called in in these instances to find the mold and treat it. The cost may be more than if you did it yourself but it will be cheaper in the long run.