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PuroClean Property Restoration Specialists Offers Warning on Mold Health Hazards


In awareness of National Indoor Toxic Mold Month, local property restoration expert provides tips for properly treating storm water damage

Chicago, IL November 10, 2009 -- Natural disasters, regardless of their scope, are all unpredictable, potentially dangerous events. But among all of the damage they are known to cause, one of the most detrimental and often overlooked consequences of the storm can be the adverse health effects it causes its victims.

“Most people are so preoccupied with salvaging their personal belongings after a storm that they do not realize that the water damage done to their homes or businesses can result in serious health complications,” said Scott Majeski of PuroClean Property Restoration Specialists. Majeski is bringing attention to this matter in awareness of National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold growth can begin within 24 to 48 hours following a flood, which means a small window of opportunity exists to conduct the restoration process. If left untreated, mold can result in a host of health issues ranging from less serious symptoms like eye irritation and congestion, to critical effects such as respiratory dysfunction and liver damage.

“When it comes to remediating water damage, people in the Chicago area must remember to act quickly and efficiently,” said Majeski. “Otherwise, they risk exposing themselves and their family to the toxic effects of mold, which only worsen over time if left untreated.”

Majeski recommends that Chicago residents take note of the following tips, provided by the CDC, which should be implemented immediately after water damage has occurred:

• Remove Standing Water – Standing water is a breeding ground for microorganisms, which, if inhaled, can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Therefore, all standing water should be removed as quickly as possible. In addition, be sure to open all doors and windows, and use fans to further dry out the building if weather and security permits.
• Dry Out Your Home – According to Majeski, things that have stayed wet for two days or more may have mold growing on them, even if you can’t see it. Consider discarding porous, non-cleanable items such as carpeting and carpet padding, upholstery, wallpaper, drywall, floor and ceiling tiles, insulation material and clothing.
• Clean Thoroughly – Thoroughly clean mold off of hard surfaces such as floors, stoves, sinks, toys, countertops, flatware and tools. Never mix bleach with ammonia or other cleaners, as they can create toxic fumes and deadly agents. Also, be sure to wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, eye protection and an N95 mask when cleaning.

“The order in which these actions are performed is important, so removing standing water should always be a priority,” added Majeski. “Regardless of the extent of the damage, lingering moisture will allow mold to thrive, and that mold can penetrate materials and then be released into the air.”

Majeski notes that depending on the size of the project, professional intervention may be required to ensure that the property is thoroughly dried. Businesses that offer property emergency services, such as PuroClean Property Restoration Specialists, can offer full mold remediation and deodorization services in conjunction with drying assistance.

“Although mold may be recognizable by sight or smell, residents in the Chicago area should never assume they are safe,” said Majeski.“Natural disasters can be devastating, but quick thinking following the storm can go a long way to protecting your family’s health.”

For more information about PuroClean Property Restoration Specialists, please contact Scott Majeski at (312) 453-1500.

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