Flooding, Mold and Bacteria
If your home had become flooded or wet during the blizzard, you have a very small window of time to prevent mold growth and bacteria contamination. Mold grows very quickly in environments where building materials have become wet.
If wet materials inside the home are allowed to dry on there own, it is increasing the opportunity for microbial growth (mold). The growth begins within 24-36 hours and sometimes is not visible for weeks or even months later.
In a very short period of time it can become both a health risk and an expensive problem!
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Bacteria can also be a threat from flooding. If water from the street has soaked the indoor materials you run the risk of bacterial contamination. Bacteria is known to cause dangerous gastrointestinal and skin infections.
Homes that become flooded in the winter or in the colder months create a greater risk of contamination as well, because the homes lack air transference (open windows etc) which can help with both the drying process and air dilution.
If your home has become wet either from flooding or roof leaks, and was not properly dried (heaters, fans or air movers) within the first 36 hours you could have an unseen problem occurring.
The combination of heat, moisture and cellulose materials create the perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria.
Have your home inspected and tested before the mold becomes a costly problem or the bacteria causes serious infections. http://enviroproz.com/flooding