Boise River Poised for Record-Breaking Flood
Federal water agencies announced that they plan on raising the Boise River water level to 9,500 cubic feet per second in mid-May. This means the water level was expected to cause minor flooding in areas including Boise, Garden City, Eagle, Cadwell and other Greenbelt locations. It also means it is close to the record set in 1983 (the highest the river has been since the Lucky Peak Dam was constructed).
What does this mean for homeowners?
While flooding was not expected to be severe, it is important to know the ramifications water damage can have on your home should any water get in.
What Consequences can Water Damage Have?
Depending on the amount of water that gets into your home and the areas affected, damage can range. However, excessive moisture can cause damage to wood, foundations, upholstery, electronics, flooring, and much more. This can result in thousands of dollars in repairs and be conducive to mold growth. If left stagnant, water can soak into your foundation or other malleable surfaces and cause lasting (and even more costly) damage to your home.
One of the lasting effects of flooding is mold growth in your home. Mold flourishes in dark, damp environment and once it begins to grow, it can spread very quickly.
How Does Mold Spread and What to Look Out For
One of the easiest ways to detect mold growth is visually. While it comes in thousands of different strains, it will almost always be a visible discoloration (usually where flood waters once were). Look out for dark black, red, orange, white, or grey spots on your floors, ceiling and walls. You can also detect mold through smell. Whether it is visible or not, mold will emit a persistent musty smell and is likely growing where the scent is strongest.
Since it spreads via invisible spores, it can easily grow inside ventilation ducts, between the layers of your wall, in the ceiling, and under the floor.
Adverse health reactions can also occur with prolonged exposure to mold. Usually these symptoms will mirror allergies or the onset of a cold, and you will experience a runny nose, watery eyes, headache, drowsiness and/or memory loss.
How to Address a Mold Infestation
If you believe you have a mold infestation in your home (whether it has experienced water damage or not), it is important to contact a mold removal company to come inspect the house. They will be able to test the air quality, find infested areas, and suggest remediation techniques. Depending on the severity of the infestation, costs can range between a couple hundred dollars to thousands. To minimize financial impact, it is highly recommended to call as soon as you think you have a problem, which will prevent it spreading further. Toxic Mold USA are removal experts and are a great pick if you need any mold-related questions answered, or need an inspection done.
*please note all information in this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. If you are suffering from symptoms you believe are related to mold, contact your doctor immediately.