Flood Cleanup Expert Says Snow Melt Can Lead to Dangerous Mold Problems

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Melting snow can lead to home hazards. All kinds of mold grow in the moist environment left behind by flooding and leaking water, many of them forming, or colonizing, in a day or two.

NYC Water and Flood Restoration

NYC Water and Flood Restoration

A water damage cleanup and restoration specialist warns, as snow continues to pile up from successive snowstorms, that an impending thaw and forecast of rain means another menace to homes and businesses. Be alert for water damage from melting snow and ice, including flooding, advises Avi Haber, whose business, NYC Duct Mold Water Cleanup, provides cleanup and restoration services throughout New York City and neighboring New Jersey.

Parts of coastal New Jersey had already experienced flooding by Valentine’s Day as Winter Storm Pax moved out, with a weaker Saturday snowstorm on its heels. The key to keeping water damage at a minimum, whether from flooding, leaking roofs or other invasive moisture, is a quick response, reports Haber, who has an emergency hotline (1-866-NOMOLD4) and a 24-hour response team in place.

Water is continually seeking ways to invade living or work environments and all it takes is a gap or a crack for significant damage to occur. Freezing and thawing fluctuate throughout the winter. Haber notes that thaws teamed with rains, as is already being forecast, may set the stage for some serious water damage.

With temperatures climbing above freezing on Valentine’s Day before dipping back down again overnight, there has already been some thawing of heavy, saturated snow measuring a foot or more in depth in New York City and New Jersey. Mild temperatures and a rapid thaw, especially with rain on top of it as forecast, could produce an extraordinary amount of water around homes with no place to go but inside.

Floods, invading rainwater and internal plumbing leaks are common sources of water damage encountered by cleanup and restoration pros. Snow and ice are usually not their concern— except when they contribute to water and flood damage. Thick carpets of snow on rooftops and snuggled around a house in a chilly embrace are temporary reprieves when temperatures stay low, but thaws produce water and water is always looking for a way to get in. A mild weather meltdown could send it dripping, even streaming, inside where water damage may be taking place out of sight behind walls, under floors and in saturated carpets.

After the water is gone and the carpets, floors, walls and furniture in a home have seemingly dried out, it may become a garden for multiplying bacteria, fungi and other microscopic life forms. One of the most feared invaders associated with water damage is toxic black mold. All kinds of mold grow in the moist environment left behind by flooding and leaking water, many of them forming, or colonizing, in a day or two. The toxic black mold takes longer, a week or more, but once it claims its initial territory it quickly spreads, overpowering other molds and bacteria.
Ignoring or improperly removing toxic black mold may permanently endanger the health of all exposed, thanks to the release of spores and other tiny toxins. Experts like Haber and his team at NYC Duct Mold Water Cleanup know how to eradicate this toxic invader with virtually no disturbance.

His advice is to stay alert as temperature rise.

Call the water damage restoration specialists at NYC Duct Mold Water Cleanup. Phone 866-666-6434 or 718-677-3100, and, if it’s an emergency, call 1-866-NOMOLD4 to activate the 24-hour response team. All you need to know about water and flood damage cleanup and restoration, as well as anti-bacterial and air duct cleaning, can be found at their website at http://nycductmoldwatercleanup.com/.

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