Five years after Katrina, the city of New Orleans still faces a significant storm related danger-toxic mold. Within days of the storm waters subsiding, mold had begun to spread throughout the entire region, affecting many people. Children were especially vulnerable, and a study conducted by Xavier University in August of 2010 found that 80% of children with asthma in post-Katrina New Orleans were sensitive to mold. This figure is 30% higher than for children from other parts of the country. Researchers say this shows an undeniable link between the environment and the health of children. In short, the unique environmental conditions precipitated by Katrina only serve to underscore how extremely dangerous mold can be.
It does not take a hurricane force storm surge to create enough mold to affect the health of you and your family. Something as tiny as a hose which is allowing water to seep into the walls or floor of your home is all it takes to encourage mold to grow. If you find evidence of water leaking anywhere in your house, don’t wait to take action. Mold can form in less than 24 hours, so the time to act is as soon as you are aware of any water leaks or moisture problems.
If you suspect the presence of mold in your home, take immediate steps to remove the source of the moisture and consider calling a company that specializes in mold remediation. An expert can help you locate and remove any sources of mold, and help you to ensure your home is safe for the entire family.