Mold. It conjures up pictures of green and black nastiness. You’ve seen it on your overdue fruit or your forgotten leftovers. You may have seen its cousin, mildew, snaking along the grout in your bathroom.
Wherever it’s spotted, mold, mildew, and fungus are always unwanted visitors reminding you that it might be time for a scrubbing. But did you know mold can be dangerous too? Mold can breed incredibly fast and thrives in warm, wet environments like the kind you might encounter after a natural disaster.
To understand the central issues regarding mold and power outages, we spoke with David Lipton, a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, who has researched the effects of mold after a natural disaster. As with any recovery effort, Lipton advises homeowners and renters that “when starting recovery, they will need a list of things saved, things disposed of, and any actions or expenses to protect property from further damage.“
In hurricane season, after a flood, or even a snowstorm, you want to make sure you’re prepared to fight mold before it affects your family’s health and well-being. Here’s everything you need to know about mold during an extended power outage.