With the recent hurricanes in Houston Texas and Miami Florida, one thing to look out for as you recover from these devastation storms is the possibility of mold spore development within your home or business.
If your home or business flooded during the hurricanes, it could be harboring mold spores. Mold and mildew develop in moist areas within one to two days, and will continue to grow until steps are taken to eliminate moisture and deal with the mold problem. Unchecked, mold and mildew can damage both your home and your health.
Even if you don’t see mold, you might smell it as an earthy or musty odor. It sometimes appears as splotchy discoloration, ranging from white to orange and from green to brown and black. Most dangerous to health is a greenish-black and slimy form resembling tar or black paint, which must be thoroughly cleaned with a bleach solution or professionally cleaned.
Mold spores in the air can both aggravate and cause health problems, especially respiratory. It can also cause structural damage beyond that caused by the flooding itself, because mold breaks down organic material such as wood.
Additional Article Source: FEMA.Gov