Here in South Florida, hurricanes are just a way of life. They’re something every South Florida homeowner will have to deal with some time or another. But, while they’re a regular occurrence for the people living in this state, they’re never something to take lightly. In fact, most hurricanes do millions of dollars in damages. And, unfortunately, many homeowners never recover from these damages and end up having to move from beautiful South Florida. One of the most common damages to a home due to a hurricane is water damage. And, with water damage comes the development of mold. In this article, we are going to discuss how to prevent mold during a hurricane season. And, what to do if you experience mold as a result of water damage after a hurricane. This way, you can feel more prepared to face hurricanes that threaten the citizens of this part of the world.
How to Prevent Mold Before a Hurricane Hits
Certainly, there are a few things you can do as a homeowner before a hurricane even touches land to begin the prevention of mold. To understand how to prevent mold, you need to understand first what mold needs to grow. Overall, mold can’t grow without water and/or moisture. So, preventing water from getting into the home is preventing mold. Before a hurricane, prepare to prevent water in the home by boarding up glass windows, making any roof repairs you need, and locking all doors and windows to the home.
How to Prevent Mold During a Hurricane
If you decide not to evacuate and stay in your home during a hurricane, there are a few things you can do to further prevent the risk of mold. However, we should mention, if you are in an evacuation zone, don’t stay. Remember, if you do stay in an evacuation zone, you may not only be dealing with damages to your home but injuries and/or death. But, if you’re not told to mandatorily evacuate and hunker down, you can surely work to prevent water damage. Thus, stopping the opportunity for mold to grow in the first place. Some of the things you can do to prevent mold during a hurricane include:
- Stopping leaks as soon as you notice them. If your walls or roof is leaking during the storm, make sure to clean up any area you can that’s wet or moist. And, make sure to plan to address these leaks as soon as it’s safe to do so.
- Remove any wet furniture or carpeting as soon as possible. If your home experiences water damage, make sure to get anything out of the home that’s become damp. These wet surfaces are prime spots for mold to grow.
- Close the windows as soon as you get power. South Florida air holds moisture. And, leaving the windows open to dry out wet things in your home can make matters worse. Instead of leaving windows open, if your power is on, turn on your ac right away. And, if you can, invest in dehumidifiers once you can.
How to Prevent Mold After a Hurricane
After the hurricane has passed and you recognize that your home has experienced water damage, there are still some things you can do to attempt to prevent mold. But, in all reality, water damage done by the hurricane should be addressed by professionals. If there is mold, remember to never touch it, as it could be dangerous. And, call professionals to come to look at the damage. When it comes to mold remediation, part of the process is determining how water got in. And, determining a solution to keep the water out. This way, no further mold grows after the mold that’s present is effectively and safely removed.
Dealing with Mold After a Hurricane
If you’ve been impacted by a hurricane in South Florida and have experienced water damage, the risk of mold increases. But, there is help available through A Plus Mold Remediation Inc. We dedicate ourselves to the safe prevention, identification, and removal of mold in South Florida homes. And, understand the impact a hurricane can have on a home and how it can affect mold growth.