Flood properties need to be dewatered as soon as possible after significant storm events. Almost all of us are aware of that. But few among us pay attention to the mold issues associated with high moisture levels left behind when the flood waters recede, and the ill-effects of mold on health.
Consider mold removal and remediation to safeguard your property, increase your home’s value, and keep family members away from more than a dozen health risks.
Mold Growth Jeopardizes Family Member’s Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services link mold growth with poor indoor air quality and several illnesses:
- Nasal stiffness
- Runny nose
- Eye irritation
- Nose irritation
- Throat irritation
- Skin irritation
- Upper respiratory irritation
- Serious lung infections
- Strong symptoms of asthma
New Jersey’s climate encourages the growth of several types of molds in your home and office. Some molds are more dangerous than others. The most toxic mold is Stachybotrys, more popular by its other name, Black Mold.
Black mold can grow from barely visible to a health hazard in three days. Do not jeopardize your family members’ health after water damage. Call professionals for rapid mold clean-up.
Mold Infestation Sinks Your Property’s Value
Not many people are aware of the property disclosure requirements in the United States that will hit you years from now when you are trying to sell your property.
As part of any property transaction, the completion of a seller’s disclosure document is mandatory. Not disclosing water damage or is bound to cause an issue with any property transaction.
Any good attorney will identify properties located in the devastated shore areas. The first question they will be asking is, “How did you mitigate your flood damage and mold contamination?”
That’s where having a firm like GreenWorks by your side will pay dividends for years to come.
No matter where you are in New Jersey, GreenWorks will assess the impact on your property and come up with the appropriate mold removal and remediation solutions to address your flooding and mold contamination.
We will also provide you with a clearance document that will satisfy any future attorney inquiries about how you manage your floodwaters.
Tips to Minimize Mold Damage
Call a professional mold removal and remediation professional immediately. That’s the safest, quickest, and most effective method to minimize mold damage to your property. Here are a few more suggestions:
- Repair all water problems to prevent new mold growth.
- isolate the area where you spot visible mold. Close the doors and windows and seal all the seams with duct tape.
- Mold spores travel in the air. Mist the contaminated areas to stop the spread.
- Remove all wet and mold-damaged materials.
- Store all the affected materials in plastic bags at least six millimeters thick.
- Clean non-porous materials with a wire brush or a scrubber. Rinse the rubbed area with clean water.
- Dry the affected area to allow the leftover moisture to evaporate. You can use dehumidifiers, fans, and other instruments to reduce the impact of the mold problem.
Water damage causes mold growth. Mold reduces your property’s value and fills your home or office’s indoor air with health-devastating mold spores. To safeguard your property’s value and health, it is crucial to kill mold as quickly as possible. GreenWorks LLC has been protecting New Jersey properties from a mold for over 20 years. Consult us for thorough mold removal and remediation.
Note: This is an update to the original article written on Nov 16, 2012
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