Tuesday, June 15, 2010
FEMA Warns Of Mold In Walls
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is warning Kentucky homeowners that mold may still grow in the walls of homes flooded in the heavy May rains. U.S. Department of Homeland Security said mold can grow inside of walls not immediately dried out and ventilated after becoming wet. The FEMA alert says molds digest organic material, eventually destroying the material they grow on, and then spread to destroy adjacent organic material. Besides the damage molds can cause to a home, it can also cause mild to severe health problems. FEMA guidelines call for homeowners should wear a filter mask and gloves to avoid contact with the mold, that all porous materials throughout the home be removed, including ceiling tiles and wood products.