Why Speed is Critical When Restoring Storm Damage
When most people consider the possibility of damage to their property after heavy rain and winds, they imagine that the majority of cleanup costs will be related to repairing structural damage. While storms can certainly damage windows, roofing, and siding, or cause hazardous collapses of trees and power lines, secondary damage from mold growth can prove more costly in the long run. In the event of a severe storm, you should restore your commercial property as quickly as possible.
Where to Look
Mold can grow in as little as 24-48 hours after flooding caused by a storm. Bacteria, in addition, thrives under similar conditions. This is why it is important that you identify areas where moisture has seeped into your property's interior as soon as you can. Common places for wetness to accumulate include:
- At the corners of ceilings
- At the sides of the windows
- Underneath carpets at doorways
- Low areas at or below ground level
Although it might seem improbable that flooding has occurred, you should periodically check any basement areas that could conceivably allow standing water to accumulate.
Once an area has been exposed to moisture, mold growth is often difficult to prevent. Since mold exists in the form of spores in almost every environment, it is just a matter of time before spores colonize areas that have been allowed to remain wet for a long period. Removing existing mold can be very difficult, requiring specialized attire, fungicide, and humidity controls. You should never attempt an extensive cleanup on your own. A mold remediation professional can test your property for the presence of harmful molds, and, if necessary, perform cleanup work.
If your Wilmington, MA, business is in the path of a major storm event, you should familiarize yourself with ways to protect you and your employees, as well as your property. Once personnel and belongings are secure, the next priority should be preventing secondary damage caused by mold growth so that you can get back to business promptly.