- Should I be concerned about mold in my home? Yes. Large amounts of any type of Mold in your home or office can be harmful to your health and make your family sick
2. What symptoms might I see?
- Cold or flu like symptoms
- Sore throat
- Irritated, itchy throat
- Blocked nose
- Itchy nose
- Runny nose
- Sinus congestion
- Sinus headaches
- Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
- Irritated, itchy skin
- Skin rash, hives
- Watery eyes
- Red, bloodshot eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Itchy ears
- Hair loss, baldness
- Hay fever symptoms
3. Are the risks greater for some people?
Yes if you are sick or have an immune suppressed system, the risk is much greater.
4. Are some molds more hazardous than others?
Yes some are Allergenic some are Toxic and some are Pathogenic
5. How do I tell if I have a mold problem?
6.Should I test for mold?
Possibly, if you have some unexplained symptoms mentioned above and you do not see any visible mold/fungi Air Sampling may help yo determine what is in the air your breathing at the testing site.
IF You Flood In 2017
Upon returning to your house - document everything. Take exterior pictures (time stamped if possible) of the street sign, front of the house showing address numbers, all 4 sides of house, and high water mark of all exterior doors. Take interior pictures of every room. Take close-up pictures of flooring and carpet, drapes, bedding etc. Remember you may only be compensated for the items documented.
Make contact with your insurance carrier and notify of loss. Ask timeframe for adjuster.
Try to run the air conditioning and fans to circulate air and aid in drying. Set the air lower than normal (60 to 64 degrees) and leave on at all times. It will help drying time and retard mold formation.
You can start sheetrock and flooring removal but always retain a sample of flooring for your Insurance Adjuster. Remove sheetrock at increments of 2ft. for example, if your wall was wet to 18”, remove 2’, if it is wet to 39”, remove 4’. Remove all insulation to allow further drying.
For minor flooding, less than 2”, remove base molding only and wait for advice from adjuster.
You can email UPstate Lead & Environmental and check on availability of dehumidifiers and air movers.
Inventory all damaged contents. Only water impacted contents are covered. NOT everything.
If you are in need of further assistance, you can email David Jones, UPstategroup@gmail.com to schedule removal, cleanup or fungal spraying and treatment as well as some repairs.
Obtain a Denial Letter from your homeowner’s insurance. You can apply for disaster assistance at the numbers provided on the media.
Try to run the air conditioning and fans to circulate air and aid in drying. Set the air lower than normal – 64-65 degrees and leave on at all times. It will help drying time and mold formation.
Remove all damaged sheetrock and flooring. Remove sheetrock at increments of 2 ft. for example, if your wall was wet to 18”, remove 2’, if it is wet to 39”, remove 4’. Remove all insulation to allow further drying.
For minor flooding, less than 2”, remove base molding only, place dehumidifiers and air movers.
If you do NOT have electricity and air conditioning you can open windows and doors, only do so when conditions exist where humidity is lower and will assist drying. DO NOT allow rain or high humidity to make the situation worse.
If you do not have electricity, mold and fungal growth may occur but we can assist in removal should you need us
Offer your insurance estimate for review. If a contractor tells you they cannot do the work for that amount of money, get another contractor to give an Estimate.
- In New York State a Licensed Mold Assessor must give you the Initial mold Assessment before a contractor can proceed with and mold removal