Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast with a fury, devastating homes from Maryland to New York and everywhere in between. And if you were one of these unfortunate homeowners, it is important to begin the cleanup process as soon as possible, especially if the damage to your home includes flooding.
If not treated quickly or correctly, water damage can and probably will lead to mold growth. In fact, mold growth can begin after just 24 hours of building material wetness.
Cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy
- Remove Water: Remove excess water from your home as soon as possible.
- Clean Carpets and Clothing: If carpets, clothing, curtains, or any other fabric related belonging is affected by flooding, be sure to thoroughly clean these items in hot water.
- Throw Away Damaged Building Materials: If ceiling tiles or dry wall becomes soaked, it may be better to tear these building materials down and rebuild. Otherwise, these materials may be susceptible to mold growth.
- Dry: Open windows and use fans to dry everything as thoroughly as possible.
- Mold Inspection: Even after all of this work, if you still expect mold has begun to grow, call your local mold inspection, removal, and remediation company.
Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems: Professional Mold Inspections in Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding Areas
Chesapeake Environmental Cleaning Systems, LLC conducts professional mold inspections to help determine if your home has become overrun with mold. Our mold inspection process includes:
- Visual Mold Inspection: We start with a visual investigation of the attic, crawlspace, roof, HVAC system, and any stain discolorations or signs of moisture intrusion.
- Analysis: Measurements are taken to determine moisture levels throughout the property.
- Mold Sampling: When necessary, mold sampling can be conducted for an additional fee. Tape and/or swab samples are collected from visibly affected surfaces to determine the specific mold types.
- Air Sampling: This may be necessary if the presence of mold, allergens or toxins is suspected, but not visible.
“It’s not often I feel inclined to write a testimonial for a contractor, but after experiencing Chesapeake in action, I realized that I really wanted to write one of my own. As a new property owner, I was devastated to find out that my “Dream Home” was infected with mold. It wasn’t long before the wonderful folks at Chesapeake were on the job. Now I can rest easy, knowing that my family is in a safe and healthy property. It’s been my experience that you can almost always find a cheaper price, but then you have to live with the results. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.” – Ashley F., Westminster, MD