Water Damage: Mold & Salt Water Inundation
Mold: A Formidable Foe, But FEMA Can Help
By Thomas Aloi and Sandy Heiss
Water can be a devastating force, especially in a natural disaster. Whether it enters a structure due to overland flooding or ocean storm surge, water infiltration can have ravaging effects on the structure, infrastructure and contents of a building. Following catastrophes like major floods and hurricanes, the initial devastation is obvious — from deposits of mud, silt and water-borne debris, to conspicuous waterlines and structural damage.
But often the less-noticeable damage presents a special challenge: mold and mildew (early-stage mold) begin to take hold within 24 to 48 hours.1 After a disaster, power outages often lead to delays in the pumping and drying activities necessary to eradicate mold and mildew, and prevent regrowth. Humidity and heat become unwitting accomplices, with warmer temperatures — occurring