Life after Hurricane Sandy – Tips from CDC to Reduce Mold Damage in Your Home

    In late October 2012, the northeast braced itself for Hurricane Sandy the best it could. Unfortunately, many commercial and residential properties were severely damaged in the storm’s wake. Not only were homes damaged externally, but a majority of homeowners were left trying to figure out how to fix the damages that others couldn’t see.

    Black mold, specifically, has left several local homeowners exasperated as prolonged exposure can cause everything from infections and skin irritation to chronic lung illnesses and respiratory allergies. In response to the recent devastation, the Center for Disease Control released some suggestions on how to reduce the presence of mold on your household.

    • Keep humidity levels as low as you can all day long. Most types of mold tend to flourish in dark, damp areas of the house, so checking the humidity at least once a day can help to prevent its growth.
    • Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
    • Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.
    • Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
    • Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
    • Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.
    • Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.

    For more information on how you can protect your home and family from potential mold growth, contact the CDC or your local/regional health department.

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