Issue #4015
Water Damage

Water Damage: Mold & Salt Water Inundation

Water. Nothing is more essential. Yet nothing can be more destructive. In this edition we look at two of the ways that happens.

Earlier editions of Disaster Recovery Today have delved into such topics as measuring and categorizing losses, developing a funding approach and rebuilding under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. Our 16th edition explains the lesser-known and devastating ways fresh and salt water can affect structures impacted by a natural disaster.

Mold: A Formidable Foe, But FEMA Can Help

Following catastrophes like major floods and hurricanes, mold presents a special challenge. In this article, disaster recovery consultants Tom Aloi and Sandy Heiss talk about this unseen danger and explain when and how FEMA can help.

“If mold proliferation is the result of a presidentially declared disaster qualifying for FEMA funds, certain costs associated with proper remediation and repair may be eligible for reimbursement under the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program. Funding can be provided to support either emergency remediation measures or permanent repairs.”

Saltwater Inundation: Beware of the Hidden Damage

Salt water flooding, whether from a minor occurrence or a major disaster, can have significant, long-term effects on virtually everything the flood waters reach. One second of exposure to salt water can have the same effect as an exposure lasting an hour, a day, a week or even a month. In this article, chemical engineer Sal DePrisco discusses the chemical reaction that salt has with various surfaces, including: electrical; electronics; electro-mechanical; conduits and conductors; grounding and bonding components; fire suppression and water supply equipment; ductwork; mechanical and process equipment; and structural components.

“In many cases, the measure of ‘how long’ something has been exposed to flood waters is a main factor in determining the remediation effort needed. In the case of saltwater inundation, however, this factor has little meaning. The most significant effect of saltwater flooding is not saturation, immersion or resulting organic growth, rather, it is the deposition of salt on vulnerable surfaces.”

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