Summer Cold or Summer Mold?

March and April flooding will bring May and June mold. It doesn’t make a pretty nursery rhyme, but it is still something to look out for.

Summer mold in your house may look like a summer cold: symptoms resembling hay fever, stuffy nose, irritated eyes, skin irritation, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. Mold can establish a foothold in as little as 48 hours. If you find mold in your house after a flood, cleanup and dry-up, and discard all porous and soft goods that exhibit signs of mold. This includes carpeting, books, clothing, bedding and upholstered furniture.

If you have experienced a flood, the entire property should be completely dried, including air ducts, crawlspaces, basement, etc.

IF you find mold in your house, especially mold that is contiguous to your living area and ambient air circulation, especially if your household has allergic, sensitive or immune-compromised individuals, don’t forget a visit to the doctor and/or allergist.

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