The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the likelihood of mold contamination in buildings increases after extensive water damage caused by hurricanes. Florida is arguably the most hurricane-prone area in the United States; the entire length of Florida’s coastline has been hit by at least one hurricane since 1850. One might say that the threat of mold growth and the associated health risks is very real to residents of Fort Lauderdale—that’s why Fort Lauderdale mold removal services are a necessity immediately after severe water breach in an area.
In an article for News Talk Florida, Dr. Andrew, M.D. highlights the many possible health risks involved in exposure to mold. Dr. Andrew says that the effects of mold vary from person to person, but people with allergies, immune deficiencies, and chronic respiratory ailments like asthma are especially at risk. Common allergic reactions include coughing, sneezing, headache, and fatigue; people with chronic illnesses on the other hand may experience breathing difficulties and even develop pneumonia.
Areas affected by mold are generally visible and emit a musty or foul odor, but Dr. Andrew says that the most dangerous molds aren’t visible to the naked eye. Mold produces spores that become airborne once they dry; if inhaled it could trigger an allergic reaction. Molds can generally be removed using bleach and water, but it’s more ideal to call a professional if the affected area is too large, which is usually the case when it comes to flood damage.
Miami mold removal companies like Water Damage LLC will test a sample first in order to determine what type of mold is growing in your home. After finding out what type of mold it is, they can warn homeowners of its dangers, as well as pinpoint whether there are special destruction methods to follow.
Mold removers wear protective gear that covers all exposed areas of the skin to ensure that they don’t get exposed to airborne spores during the cleanup process. Molds are kept in a sealed plastic bag to prevent further contamination. The last part of mold remediation is usually identifying the cause of the mold growth and keeping it from fostering a mold-friendly environment again; if it’s the aftermath of inclement weather, perhaps you can add protective construction to protect your home from flooding.
Mold growths are dangerous, especially to those who have weak respiratory systems, allergies, and immune deficiencies. After a flood, it’s imperative that you have your home tested for molds in order to nip the problem at the bud.