California is known for its sunny skies and warm weather, but this winter was different. The state was hit with a series of powerful storms that brought heavy rains, strong winds, and even hail. The storms have caused widespread damage to homes and businesses across the state, leaving many families to deal with the aftermath.
Estimates of the damage from the recent series of winter storms that overwhelmed California in December and January are in the billions of dollars. The property damage was so severe that the White House was forced to invoke a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to support the emergency response and rebuilding efforts in California.
One of the biggest concerns forthcoming is water damage. The relentless rain soaked through roofs, flooded basements, and seeped through cracks in walls and foundations. In many cases the damage is so severe that entire homes need to be gutted and rebuilt.
For those families who are able to salvage their homes, another concern is soon to arise. The excess moisture is creating the perfect environment for mold to grow, and soon, black and green spots will be appearing on walls, ceilings, and floors. The mold will not only unsightly, but also pose a serious health risk. The toxic spores of mold can cause respiratory problems, headaches, and even neurological damage.
Despite the dangers, many families may be hesitant to address the problem. Fears of cost and disruption of having to move out of their homes during a remediation process can prevent some families and businesses from taking decisive action. However, as mold continues to spread, the health risks became too great to ignore.
As many residents have learned in the past, Californians affected by the recent storms will be facing the important decision of addressing water damage and mold promptly and the impact it can have on their health and well-being. The winter of heavy rain may have been a difficult time, and the remediation and reconstruction will take time, but with proper attention these homes and businesses can be built to withstand heavy storms in the future.