FEMA urges residents to take care of mold in their homes
Take care of mold- With summer on the horizon, New Jersey residents may be looking in closets, garages and other storage spaces for seasonal items that have been packed away since last September.As they search for items they
need for the summer season, the FEMA urges residents to take care of mold in areas of the home and property that may have been impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
Mold growth may be hidden above ceilings, behind walls, in attics and basements or crawl spaces. Look for the tell-tale signs of mold, which include staining on walls and ceilings or a pungent, musty smell.
The persistence of mold can be the most long-lasting after-effect of a storm, and it can pose a health hazard for some people. Exposure to mold can cause nasal and throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation.
If you experienced leaks, flooding or dampness in your home or business during Superstorm Sandy, it is important to perform a thorough mold inspection to be sure there are no lingering mold hazards.
Mold can occur as a result of plumbing leaks, leaking roofs or windows, high humidity, flooding or condensation inside walls because of poor insulation.
Excessive moisture is the key condition that allows molds to grow.
Molds are fungi that occur naturally in the environment. But they may cause problems when they grow inside homes and buildings.
Some building materials such as drywall, ceiling tiles and wood framing contain cellulose, which is a material on which molds can grow.
Because it feeds off cellulose, mold can weaken studs, joists and other structures, causing extensive property damage.
For areas less than 10 feet that may be affected by mold growth, a homeowner or building maintenance worker may be able to eradicate the problem. If the mold-affected area is larger than 10 feet, it is best to hire a contractor who is experienced in mold remediation.
Where to look for mold: any area where moisture is present or flooding has occurred; basements, crawl spaces and attics. What to look for: discoloration on walls or ceiling that continues to grow or change color; a pungent, musty smell.
Identify and correct the source of moisture.
Remove and/or clean mold-contaminated materials.
Ensure that the area is completely dry before doing any renovation or construction work.
Wear gloves, a respirator, protective clothing and goggles when removing mold.
If you don’t know whether it is mold or need help in removing it Call Fresh Maintenance at 866 543-3257