In the six months since Hurricane Sandy, the damage caused by the storm has been easy to see, but there's another major issue that's been creeping below the surface. Mold left behind from the storm combined with high pollen counts have created a perfect storm for those suffering from allergies.
"Already the tree pollen counts are what we consider extreme range." The spring allergy season is upon us, and for those sneezing, wheezing, and sniffling, it's no surprise it's a particularly bad year, and specialists say Hurricane Sandy is partially to blame. "This year, after sandy, a lot of houses where there was flooding, the mold count locally has been significantly high," said Dr. Mahendra Dadhania, an allergy specialist, "We are seeing a lot more mold related issues down at the shore than what we see inland in Cherry Hill, Philly, or so. Combine that with the pollen and the patients are really paying for it."
While certain allergens are easy to spot, mold can sometimes be a lot harder to identify - you may not even realize there was an issue, until now, when the temperatures are getting warmer.
"Once those temperatures start to warm up, they're gonna become much more aggressive," said Dan Rostelli, Presidents of Mold Detection and Remediation Specialists, "and that's when people can start seeing evidence of growth inside their house, crawlspaces, basements."
In the six months since Sandy, mold cleanup has been a big part of the recovery process - but those who let the moisture linger can expect to see bigger problems now. "The sooner you get to it, the better," said Rostelli of moisture and mold problems, "and unfortunately for the people who didn't do anything , they're gonna probably have larger issues to deal with now as opposed to addressing it months ago."
It's an issue experts say will only get worse as we head into summer.
Rostelli says if you're concerned about the possibility of mold in your home, it's best to have a professional check it out. Here's a link to his website.