Mold Problems Persist Weeks After Hurricane Irene

Mold is a serious problem many home and business owners are trying get rid of weeks after the Hurricane Irene.

On Highway 304 in the Pamlico County ton of Mesic, discarded belongings from homes litter the street curbs. While wet furniture and carpet have been thrown out of homes, there's still a lot of work to be done to make sure a flood damaged home is mold-free. General contractor Terry Credle is gutting his parent's home to make sure they can move back in safely without any mold or mildew.

"All your sheet rock walls, all the exterior walls, interior walls... taking out all the sub floors and having to take out floor joists also cause of the water damage and because of the water that's set under here and is currently sitting," said Credle.

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends wearing a respirator when cleaning mold, and goggles with no vent holes, long sleeves, pants, boots and gloves. Experts say never touch mold with your bare hands. It's also important to clean and dry anything that has come in contact with flood water, and if it can't be cleaned throw the item away.


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