Tips for post-hurricane repair

August 02,2021

Even after the storm, people returning to the area still face some physical and mental health problems. In addition, hurricanes can cause contaminated flooding and mold.

Floods left behind by hurricanes can be raw sewage containing domestic and industrial chemicals or other harmful substances. These substances may be present in standing water, household wells, or objects that have been submerged. Exposure can cause stomach upset, intestinal problems, rashes, infected wounds, tetanus, or flu-like symptoms. If you come into contact with floodwater or contaminated objects, you should wash them with soap and water or an alcohol-based disinfectant as soon as possible. Discard food, drinks, and prescription drugs immediately if found in contact with floodwaters. What's more,  your clothes also should be washed with hot water and soap. In addition,  floodwater can hide sharp metal or glass, submerged wires, or strong currents, so be careful during the cleanup.

People can also experience problems when they return home and start cleaning their homes and possessions. For example, people may be at risk of electric shock from downed power lines and carbon monoxide poisoning from generators. And there may be injuries from falling objects, power tools, or excessive force while cleaning waterlogged furniture. In addition, people with chronic conditions such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes may get worse from extra physical work. Moreover, mold can be a problem. Mold exposure can worsen asthma or trigger allergies.

Here are a few tips that can reduce mold growth in your home:

1.Clean home regularly.

2.Fix any leaks as soon as possible.

3.Open windows and fans where there is steam to ventilate.

4.Close your windows at night to keep out mold spores.

5.Use a dehumidifier in a damp area of your home.

6.Use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to capture pollution particles in the air and change the filters frequently.

7.Ensure that the drainpipe is running properly.

8.Clean up the ditch regularly.

9.Dry overflow water in your home.

10.Pay attention to the signs of moldy items, timely replacement of moldy items.

11.Avoid carpeting bathrooms, kitchens, or unfinished basements, and replace carpeting with boards.

12.Let the wall surface dry before painting.

13.Apply mildew-proof paint to the walls.