Children are more susceptible to health problems...and are especially at risk due to their underdeveloped immune systems...
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) February 09, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage restoration and mold remediation services is offering tips to parents on how to keep children healthy in the wake of severe water damage problems, especially those that result in mold growth. Childrens’ immune systems are not fully developed and as a result they may be at greater risk for mold related health problems if exposed to mold.
As a rule, children are more susceptible to health problems, spending time crawling on the floor, and younger children testing out new objects by placing them in their mouths. This is the most common method by which germs are picked up.
Mold appears rapidly following any sort of flooding or water damage, and the health hazards posed by mold are numerous, from mild allergic reactions such as sneezing, watery eyes, and skin rashes, to more serious problems such as neurological and respiratory issues. Children are especially at risk due to their underdeveloped immune systems, and those with conditions such as asthma are especially at risk.
The following steps should be taken to prevent mold in the aftermath of a flood or incident involving water damage:
- Clean and dry any and all hard surfaces such as countertops, showers, tubs, and kitchen areas.
- If an item is covered in mold and can’t be cleaned, throw it out. Replacement is the cheaper option.
- Use a cleaner that has been EPA approved for the elimination of mold.
- Do not use bleach to kill mold. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t work
- Do not mix cleaning products. The resulting fumes may be toxic.
- Wear a respirator and gloves to avoid inhaling or contacting mold.
Toys, stuffed animals, and childrens’ clothing that have become moldy should be thrown out, as it will be almost impossible to clean them. In most cases, simply replacing the item is the less expensive option. Homes and apartments that have suffered severe water damage will be very difficult to clean up. It is recommended that children do not stay in these buildings during this time.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration and mold remediation services in the United States, with contractors in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.