The utterly unbalanced weather over the past summer in the US has created the perfect environment for mold to flourish. With the very warm weather coming soon after flooding last week in Southern California, mold is definitely something to be concerned about here in particular.
For reference, this is something that the Midwest has already been experiencing as of late. It began early summer with days and days in a row over 100° F, and just when they thought they’ve been saved by a record-breaking seven inches of rain, they come to discover it’s caused the highest rates of mold growth recorded so far this year.
This report was provided by the Gottleib Allergy Count, which is the official allergy count for the Midwest for the National Allergy Bureau. Dr. Joseph Leija, the allergist who performs the Gottleib Allergy Count, states that July’s mold count for the Midwest was 30,000, just 10,000 short of the minimum for an alert warning.
Be aware, though, that that count is just for outdoor incidents of mold. “Many Midwesterners experienced flooding in their homes which can easily cause indoor mold counts to be much higher,” explains Leija in a statement. “Even to dangerous breathing conditions.” Leija is the allergist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of the Loyola University Health System, and her statement goes on to say that a number of homes are now very deadly for those residents with existing respiratory conditions.
What does Leija recommend for victims of mold? Start by cutting out all soaked drywall and dispose of it, as well as tile, carpets, cardboard boxes and other porous materials in the home. She also recommends scrubbing and rinsing everything in plain water, including walls, floors and soaked items, and then drying everything completely.
People who suffer from allergies should use an over-the-counter nasal rinse product, following the instructions on the package, to rinse out trapped mold particles and spores in the nasal passages that would cause reactions. Symptoms of respiratory irritation from mold include difficulty breathing, nasal congestion, headaches and post-nasal drip.
If you’re a victim of flooding here in Orange County or Southern California, the recent high temperatures could be causing the same problems in your home. Are you or members of your family having trouble breathing, or experiencing allergic symptoms? Call Milestone Building Group today. We can remove mold from your home and remove all of the health hazards so that your family can be safe in your own home again. Don’t make the problem worse than it already is by trying to clean it yourself and cause potential hazards to your health. Call us now for an estimate: we’re open 24 hours a day to serve you when disaster strikes.