Exposure to mold can cause varying health issues in people, ranging from mild and symptoms to severe reactions. Mold needs moisture to grow and can become a health concern when there is water damage, elevated or prolonged humidity, or dampness. This is especially common after severe weather or a storm system.
Flooding from surface waters (i.e., overflowing rivers) or storm-driven rain that permeates through window frames, exterior walls or door assemblies can become a source of excessive indoor moisture. Moisture can also result from roof leaks that occur from damaged or missing roofing materials or blocked gutters as well as from leaking pipes, sewer back-ups or overflows.
When a widespread natural disaster has happened, often times electrical power service may not be available in the first 24 to 48 hours, and can sometimes take up to several weeks to be restored. This, coupled with diminished equipment and people available to clean, can seriously delay the start of cleaning, disinfecting, and drying of building materials resulting in the growth of mold.
WHAT TO KNOW:
If significant mold or other sewage contamination has occurred, the AIHA recommends that business owners and homeowners seek guidance from industrial hygienists and other safety and health professionals to examine the specific health and safety concerns and to help determine solutions to prevent exposures.
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