Despite the night and day transformation in North Carolina weather over the past week, the rainfall was pretty intense. Incredible amounts of rain collected and created dangerous flooding throughout central NC. Flood stages in areas around Raleigh were cresting at 20 feet, and businesses that had several feet of water are now foraging what’s left of their inventory.
The storm may be scary, but the aftermath is the hard part. One post-rain issue people often forget is mold. When it rains this much, it is a pretty good idea to check spaces around your home or business that are likely to develop mold.
Your Crawl Space
If you’re brave enough to perform this check-up yourself, when the rain stops, grab a flashlight and look inside your crawl space for standing water or lingering moisture. Standing water is usually in the lowest places under your home, but be sure to check thoroughly regardless. If large amounts of water or any moisture for that matter are found in your crawl space, it is worth calling a professional for further examination.
Drainage Around Foundation
Rain runoff should drain away from your home – unfortunately, this is not always the case. If standing water is found near your foundation after heavy rainfall, especially if it lingers for several days, it can lead to condensation in your crawlspace or basement, which can ultimately lead to mold buildup.
Attic, Roof, Soffit, and Gutters
In your attic, look for signs of moisture or water damage in the corners of the space and especially around vents.
Check to make sure your gutters are clean and free of debris. If gutters are backed up they can cause water damage around the roof and lead to ponding around the foundation.
Make sure your roof isn’t missing any shingles, or have any discolored spots, soft spots, and any other visible damage.
If your home has a soffit (the underside of a balcony or archway), look for signs of water damage or rot, these will usually lead to mold.
When your HVAC system is not running, neither is your dehumidifier, which means your home is allowing moisture to collect. Areas prone to moisture buildup are bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Check for signs of excess water, and in response, run your air conditioning while it is still mild.