Mold Poses Threat To Homeowners

November 14, 2012
From left to right, Senator Andrew Lanza, Assemblyman Lou Tobacco, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Congressman Michael Grimm, safety officials and Councilman Vincent Ignizio discuss the dangers mold poses to homeowners rebuilding in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) is warning Staten Island homeowners of the dangers posed by mold and urging caution in rebuilding efforts. Along with local elected officials at Miller Field in New Dorp, Malliotakis spoke about the health and monetary consequences mold spores can present to homeowners.

“Wood paneling contacted by sea water, sewage, diesel fuel and other contaminants can contract mold if not dried out properly, posing immediate health problems for inhabitants and resulting in expensive remediation or possible condemnation down the road,” said Malliotakis. “While we all are eager to get back to normal, homeowners must take every precaution when rebuilding their homes to avoid contracting mold and creating future problems that will compound the pain and suffering we all have endured to this point.”

Homeowners are encouraged to have professional contractors inspect for mold prior to making any drastic restorations to their property. Running air dehumidifiers near exposed wood is recommended to aid in the drying process. For more information on mold and mold prevention, please visit http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html.