Flood Damage leads to In- Home Mold Infestations

By KBJR News 1

April 4, 2013 Updated Apr 4, 2013 at 6:02 PM CST

Duluth,MN (NNCNOW.COM)

Last years flood is still affecting Northlanders as mold has spread throughout many of the homes that were under water.

"Mold is definitely a serious issue when it comes to flood damage to homes. It's an after effect from the physical water being in these homes," says disaster case manager Adam Palan.

Daniel Tranter, of the Minnesota Department of Health, spoke in Moose Lake today on the dangers of untreated mold.

"Mold destroys your property it rots your property, destroys your investment. It can cause a variety of respiratory health problems, like in people with asthma or allergies or even in people that don't have those symptoms."

As we move into warmer weather mold issues are on the rise and officials say, awareness is key.

"It's not something I expected. If somebody hadn't come in to inspect my house I would have never known I had a mold problem," says Sarah Diepolder, whose basement had mold growing on the walls.

Diepolder works from home so eradicating the mold was a top priority.

"We had someone come in and clean the house because of health issues we wanted that taken care of right away," she says.

However, clearing her cabin of the fungi presented more of a challenge.

"Most of the funding through the SBA and the flood relief programs do not cover cabins or other structures on your property, it's only your primary residence," adds Diepolder.

She continues to work to rid the cabin of mold.

Tranter gives advice for those like Diepholder that have experienced flood damage.

"If you notice discoloration or spots, fuzzy circles showing up after the event or you're noticing musty odors...if it looks like mold, it smells like mold, it's safe to assume it is mold and clean it up and treat it.

Solid wood, furniture, and clothing can usually be salvaged despite a mold breakout.

Posted to the web by Gabrielle Ware
gware@kbjr.com

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