Preparedness

Wet Weather: Dealing with Mold

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Controlling Mold:

  • Controlling humidity levels
  • Promptly fixing leaky roof, windows, and pipes
  • Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding
  • Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas

Cleaning Mold:

  • Remove from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution od nor more than 1 cup bleach to 1 gallon water
    • If using bleach:
      • Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners; dangerous toxic fumes will be produced if mixed
      • Open windows and doors for ventilation
      • Wear non-porous gloves and eye wear
      • If area is greater than 10 square feet, consult U.S. Environmental Protective Agency (EPA) guide Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
      • Fix the moisture problem

More info:

CDC: Mold

Mold Allergy

Preventing Mold

Fighting Mold

Repairing Leaks

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Wet Weather: Mold

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Mold and your Health:

  • Those sensitive to mold
    • Mold can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing/wheezing, eye irritation, and sometimes skin irritation
  • Those with mold allergies have more severe reactions

Mold and Your Home:

  • Mold is found indoors AND outdoors
  • Enters home through:
    • Open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems
    • Mold in the air can attach to clothing, shoes, bags, and pets
  • Places with a lot of moisture may grow mold
    • Leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there was flooding
  • Grows well on
    • Paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products
  • Also grow in
    • Dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery

More info:

https://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm

http://www.guardianbasementwaterproofinginc.com/repairing_leaks_around_your_home_21.html

 

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Negative Effects of Wet Weather

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Your Safety:

Dangerous road conditions: There were 907,831 crashes due to wet pavement and 573, 784 crashes due to rain in a ten year average (2005-2014).

Chemical Hazard: Chemicals may have been washed from normal storage places and pose as a hazardous risk to public.

Electrical Hazard: There may be downed power lines hidden beneath water.

Insect Bites: Insects may be displaced after heavy rains and pose a threat. Standing water left by heavy rainfall produce ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Soil Erosion: Run-off caries fertilizer and other pollutants to large bodies of water and may reduce quality of drinking water. Soil build-up in river/steam; mud or landslides may occur.

Your Health:

Rain helps produce an environment that helps increase the growth of harmful germs and bacteria.

Infectious Disease: Most common: flu, cold, and respiratory infections.

Wound infections: Open wounds/scratches exposed to flood water may become infected.

Diarrheal Illnesses: Drinking/eating anything contaminated by flood water may cause diarrheal illness.

Mold: Flooding can cause household mold if home is not properly aired/dried out.

Preparedness

Protection from Water Damage

NoWaterDropWebHome exterior

  • Caulk and seal windows
    before-after

  • Inspect roof

    • Missing, damaged, aging shingles

    • Debris

  • Check gutters/downspouts

    • Debris

    • Positioned away from home

  • Check sprinklers/irrigation systems

  • Install gutter guards

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Indoor Plumbing System

  • Inspect appliance hose and faucets for cracks and leaks

    • Replace them all every 5-7 years

  • Inspect shower and tub seals and caulking

  • Know location of main water shut-off valve

  • Install emergency pressure release valve

  • Check plumbing and heating pipes

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Landslides

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  • Water rapidly accumulates in the ground changing earth into rapid moving river of mud or “slurry”
  • Occur quickly, and often with little to no warning
    • Stay informed about changes in and around your home that can signal a landslide is likely to occur
  • Able to travel several miles from the source and grow in size as it picks up tress, boulders, cars, and other materials

More information:

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/fa6b5d7e2ba787033672ad1afeb04bbb/FEMA_FS_landslides_508.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/landslides.html

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Picking a Fresh Christmas Tree

treeFresh Christmas trees stay green longer and are less of a fire hazard than dry trees.

Checking for Freshness:

  • Fresh trees are green

  • Fresh needles are hard to pull from branches

  • Fresh needles do not break when bent between fingers

  • Trunk butt is sticky with resin

  • A shower of falling needles when the trunk is bounced on the ground = tree is too dry

 

Caring for Trees:

  • Cut off about 2 inches from the trunk for better water absorption

  • Trim branches as necessary to set trunk in base of stand

  • Keep water filled while tree is indoors.

  • Keep tree away from heat sources; heated rooms dry tree faster