Hurricane season is officially upon us and the potential damage that
storms can leave behind is limitless. For some properties, the severe weather will result in water damage, caused by
flooding. In an effort to help homeowners recover, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) is offering
tips about restoring damaged HVAC systems and avoiding mold growth when flooding occurs.
According to the American Red Cross, floods are the most frequent and
costly natural disasters. When flooding occurs, homes are prone to extreme water damage and in many cases,
NADCA recommends hiring a certified contractor to
inspect potentially damaged air handling systems when flooding occurs.
It’s almost impossible to avoid the effects of natural disasters. Water damage and
flooding are sometimes unavoidable when natural disasters hit, but consulting with a NADCA-certified
contractor after a disaster will help homeowners determine next steps.
NADCA urges these individuals to consider the following,
to help prolong the longevity of their air-handling unit and avoid
• Use dehumidifiers to dry out the structure of the home effected.
This will help keep the humidity low and the ventilation system dry.
• If the electric is still working, turn it off to avoid damaging your
• If sheetrock and insulation appears extremely wet,
remove it as soon as possible. If left untouched, this can be a food
source for growing mold.
• If you
suspect the water damage in your home has resulted in mold growth, be sure to wear a respirator to protect yourself whenever you are in the infected
Source: National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA)
Aspen Environmental professionals are licensed and
insured and members of the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI), the
National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), and
the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
Contact Aspen for anything related to water damage cleanup, mold testing, mold removal, or air
ducts: Call 978.328.0882 or email [email protected].