Heat Wave + Extreme Humidity Add Up to Mold Threat

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allRisk's Disaster Expert Dean Ragone Says Hidden Danger Can Affect Health

Dean Ragone

It usually takes experts in mold remediation to solve the problem,” says Ragone. “This often involves a certified environmental consultant who is capable of preparing a protocol for remediation.

The region’s skyrocketing temperature can add an extra danger that lurks hidden and often undetected in homes and commercial buildings, says disaster expert Dean Ragone, a principal with Somerdale, N.J.-based allRisk Property Damage Experts (http://www.allriskinc.com).

“The prevalence of mold as a result of the recent East Coast heat wave could pose a serious health risk to local residents and workers,” Ragone says.

Mold becomes particularly hazardous when it comes into contact with water and a food source. These conditions are significantly more likely to appear during hot weather and high humidity, according to Ragone. In July, many East Coast cities have experienced temperatures in the mid-90s, with heat indexes reaching triple digits.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that those who are sensitive to mold may experience adverse side effects, including nasal congestion, throat discomfort, breathing difficulty, or skin and eye irritation. In some cases, more serious effects, such as lung infections, have been reported.

“It usually takes experts in mold remediation to solve the problem,” says Ragone. “This often involves a certified environmental consultant who is capable of preparing a protocol for remediation.

“It’s all about awareness and education. Facility professionals should use knowledge of weather conditions when they schedule water-generating activities. For example, they might want to reschedule shampooing carpets on particularly hot days with high humidity.”

“Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on,” the EPA warns. “You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.”

A free “How to Deal with Mold” primer for homeowners or commercial property owners is available by sending an email request to info(at)allriskinc(dot)com.

“While the weather has turned slightly more moderate, summer doesn’t end until mid-September,” says Ragone. “We also shouldn’t forget that mold grows even in cooler weather in the right conditions.”

For more information visit TeamAllRisk.com or call 877.247.5252.

About allRisk Inc.
allRisk Inc. has provided 24/7 emergency response, restoration, and mold remediation services to companies of all sizes in the tri-state area for nearly 20 years. This team of property damage experts is comprised of 75 employees, includes an emergency response fleet and more than 1,000 pieces of specialty equipment. To minimize business interruption for its clients, allRisk’s full service general contracting team is able to seamlessly transition any project from emergency mitigation to complete restoration.

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