Mold now a concern days after Hurricane Ida 

Two days after Hurricane Ida blew through Louisiana, residents and businesses are just beginning to assess the damage and bracing for another disaster: mold 

The high winds of Hurricane Ida, which reached 150 mph, could have blown water into houses. Roof damage or blown-out windows can also trap water inside a house leading to the mold you can smell, and the mold you can see, The Daily Advertiser reports

“Once they start to grow, it’s exponential,” says Claudette Reichel, a professor and extension housing specialist at the LSU AgCenter.

Mold colonies typically form in three days but can also start growing after 48 hours. If people smell mold in their house, then they have mold. Unless a building floods, then the mold will likely be on the surface and visible, experts say. 

“The most important issue is to act fast,” Reichel says. “If you have wet carpeting, wet upholstery, wet mattresses, those need to be removed as soon as possible.”

Wood, metal and plastic with mold can all be cleaned. Sheetrock with mold on the surface can also be cleaned, but if the mold eats into the top paper layer then the sheetrock must be removed. Read the full story.