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tornado damage, Maryland

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Maryland has surely seen its share of bad weather this summer. Torrential downpours, high winds, and even tornados have made this summer a wild one.

In July, flash floods surprised most of us with people and cars trapped in rapidly rising waters. Northwest Baltimore County, including Owings Mills, was especially hit hard. Reports of three inches of rain fell in a short time, flooding homes and businesses. One business owner reported water two and a half feet high in his building when the Gwynn Falls spilled over its banks. Just a week later, an EF-2 tornado touched down in Stevensville. Homes and businesses were damaged, but only one injury was reported from flying debris.

August didn’t start much better with an EF-1 tornado touching down two weeks later in Salisbury. Several vehicles and buildings were damaged by the high winds. Several cars were tossed about like children’s toys and at least one building was reduced to rubble.

Rain, Flooding, and Your Building

Even if your home or business didn’t receive any structural damage from the tornadoes or storms, it may still have been impacted by the water. If your building was flooded or had rainwater enter, you could have a mold and mildew problem. After cleaning up the water and drying everything out, you may not be in the clear. If water got into your subfloor or into the walls, mold and mildew can begin to grow. The mold can weaken your structure and the mold spores can make your family or staff sick.

If you had any water problems during the storms, you should have a professional come inspect your home or business. They can look for mold and do an air quality test. If mold is found, you will probably want to begin mold remediation and removal and water damage restoration. Protecting your building from the effects of mold is important to maintain its stability and to protect the people inside.

Impact of Mold on Your Health

Most people associate mold with musty smells and maybe a stuffed nose and red eyes, but it can be much worse than that. There are a wide variety of health issues related to mold exposure. It can impact your vision, cause breathing problems, and raise your sensitivity to sounds. Mold exposure can also promote liver, stomach, and heart problems.

Impact of Mold on Your Home

Mold is a living organism and has to feed and reproduce. Mold will feed on organic materials such as wood and paper. It can also promote wood rot. If the support beams in your home or business are weakened by mold, they will not give the support that the structure needs. You may experience foundation problems like sagging floors or sticking doors and windows.

Mold can also damage your belongings. Furniture, carpet, clothing, books, and computers can all be damaged by mold and mildew growth. Protect yourself, your family, and your home or business from mold exposure.

Keep Maryland Dry and Healthy

Places like American Home Services is dedicated to ridding Maryland businesses and homes of mold and mildew. Find a reputable and trustworthy company that has your health and home as their number one goal. Get rid of mold and keep it out with mold remediation services.

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