Dangers of Mold After a Storm
If your home takes on water during a storm – even a relatively small amount of water – it can lead to issues with mold. Mold not only endangers your health but can also cause structural damage to your home. If your home has been damaged in a storm, consult with an experienced Panama City insurance claims attorney today.
Mold and Your Health
When moisture and damp take hold in the darker, poorly lit areas of your home, mold is often the result. According to medical sources, mold is more than merely unsightly – it can actually make you and your loved ones sick. This is especially true for anyone who suffers from allergies or asthma. If anyone in your home has a serious allergy to mold, it can lead to serious health consequences, such as shortness of breath. Those who are generally most susceptible to the negative effects of mold include:
- The very young
- The elderly
- People with compromised immune systems and/or chronic lung diseases
Mold and Your Home
The mold that grows in the poorly lit areas of your home can latch onto organic materials and wear away at them. This is where structural damage comes in. Mold feeds on organic material, including wood, fabrics, some kinds of glue, and paper. The mold actually eats away at the organic material, which causes it to rot and eventually disintegrate. The damage mold causes generally occurs slowly and steadily, but the part of your home damaged by mold doesn’t have to fall apart completely before irreparable damage has occurred.
Damage to Your Home’s Foundation
Because mold takes hold and grows in those spaces that see the least light and that tend to be damper, your home’s basement or crawlspace are the most likely to be affected by any mold that takes hold after a storm. Further, because basements are often the least used areas in our homes – and crawl spaces are rarely examined – mold often has the opportunity it needs to settle in and wreak havoc. Mold tends to find hidden places to grow, including under insulation and inside ductwork, so damage to a home’s foundation after taking on water in a serious storm is not uncommon.
Damage to Windows
Mold damage can also take hold in your home’s windows and doors. Because your windows and doors open to the elements, they’re more susceptible to the ravages of mold. Further, if they’re damaged in a heavy storm, which isn’t uncommon, mold is more likely to get a foothold.
If Your Home Has Mold Damage from a Storm, Contact a Panama City Insurance Claim Liability Attorney Today
If your home has mold damage that was caused by a storm, the dedicated insurance claim liability attorneys at Ged Lawyers, LLP – proudly serving the Panama City area – are committed to helping you obtain a settlement amount that fully covers the damages you’ve suffered. Your health and the structural integrity of your home are far too important to leave to chance, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 561-562-4170 today.