Flood victims beware of mold growing in damaged homes

1:53 PM, Sep 20, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - As floodwaters recede, the effort switches from rescue and recovery to clean-up. But, if you're not taking proper precautions, you could be putting yourself at risk for a variety of injuries and illnesses in the future.

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Dr. Connie Price at Denver Health says, while you'd normally expect to find mold in a basement because this flooding was so extensive, it could be growing almost anywhere. This includes upholstery, carpet, carpet pads, plaster, drywall and ceiling tiles. The basic rule of thumb is this: if a material is porous and was wet for more than 48 hours, you need to throw it away.

Mold is especially dangerous for people with breathing problems, but high levels of mold can also cause problems for healthy people.

Symptoms of mold exposure can take weeks or even months to appear. They include wheezing, shortness of breath, sore throats, flu-like aches and pains and fatigue.

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