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June 1st through November 30th – HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE!  Heavy rain, potential floods, and moisture buildup promote the perfect environment for mold to grow.  When mold is present (either seen or unseen) it affects the air quality that in turn contributes to the overall health of you and your family.

Along with gathering the supplies needed, yard cleanup, and confirming an evacuation strategy, taking some proactive steps to protect your home or business from water damage will help to prevent future mold growth and will dramatically lower your risk of it becoming a bigger problem once the storm passes.

Inspect areas that may cause water leaks or be compromised such as faucets, valves, ceilings, and weather stripping.   Making sure all entry points like windows and doors are closed tightly to prevent any moisture buildup.  When walls, rugs, or porous surfaces become wet mold growth can start rapidly – it only takes a few days! 

It is a good idea to invest in a generator should you lose electricity so if needed, you can bring in a fan or dehumidifier to dry out affected areas.  It is equally important to secure all important documents, personal items, books, and clothing from moisture.  You may not be aware that mold can and will grow on items such as depicted below.

   

Before storms hit, inspecting the roof may be a good idea to verify your home is secure and free from any failings.  If any known roof issues are present, it is best to address them swiftly to prevent further damage.  Making sure your insurance coverage is extended to protect against water and hurricane damage is also a good idea.  Taking pictures prior to the storm will assist in not only keeping an accurate account of your personal belongings but also will assist in any potential claims you may encounter.

Above all else, make sure you and your family are safe by taking all steps needed for preparation.  Evacuate when necessary and listen to when authorities say it is safe to return.  Should you experience water damage or think you have the potential for mold in your home or business, call a professional to help you determine and navigate the process to repair the damage.

At Coastal Air Assessments, we work our way from the outside in, first identifying potential issues at the exterior of the home that could be causing poor air quality inside the home. Our Mold Assessments and Air Sampling Tests are timely, accurate, and a true asset for Florida homeowners. Contact us today for your free consultation.