06 Oct Beware of Mold
In Louisiana, flooding is always a concern for residents, business owners, and even tourists. Cleaning up after a flood can pose health risks; you and your loved ones should wait to re-enter your home until professionals say it is safe. Homes should have no structural, electrical or other health hazards. However, one of the most dangerous health hazards in a flooded house is mold.
Before cleaning, you should contact your affordable flood insurance provider and take pictures of the homes and your belongings. Drying your home and removing water-damaged items is your most important step in preventing mold damage. If your house has been flooded and you were not able to dry your home within 24-48 hours, you should assume that there will be mold growth. You may see or smell mold on clothing, drywall, cardboard boxes, furniture, and books. Mold is excellent at hiding, and can still be hidden under or behind items like carpet, cushions, or walls.
Exposure to mold can lead to asthma attacks, eye and skin irritation, and allergic reactions. It can lead to severe infections in people with weakened immune systems, so it is essential to ensure the mold cleanup is complete before reoccupying your home. The dangerous part of mold exposure is that you may think that it is just an ordinary cold or allergies. Itchy eyes, coughing, and sneezing are the most common symptoms of mold ingestion.
In most cases, if mold results from a sudden and accidental covered peril, such as pipe bursting, the cost of remediation should be covered. This cause is covered because the pipe burst is the reason for the claim. Claims are most likely to be rejected if mold is caused by neglected home maintenance such as long-term exposure to humidity, or repeated water leaks and seepage. AWS Insurance vows to protect your home, business, or family with affordable flood insurance, all while keeping your health in mind.