In September, a fire in a Toronto Community Housing Corporation building left nearly 1,7000 tenants displaced until the building could be declared safe enough for them to return. Almost one month later, not all of the residents have yet been allowed back into their homes.
The aftermath of a serious fire can be heartbreaking for homeowners who still have to find the time to make temporary living arrangements, sort out insurance paperwork and make records of what was damaged and what is salvageable.
One aspect of the aftermath of a serious fire that is not often thought of is the possibility of mold due to of water damage. In the case of many fires, water used to extinguish the fire is the cause of much, if not most of the damage. In the Toronto Community Housing fire, the amount of water used by the 27 fire trucks could fill almost eight Olympic-sized swimming pools. This means that flooring, carpets and drywall throughout that side of the building may have been soaked, causing the same water damage that allows mold to grow so easily.
In these situations, extensive repairs will have to be completed to ensure that no water damage remains and affected areas must be cut out completely and replaced. Hopefully, the job is done correctly the first time and those who are being allowed to return home bit by bit will be able to move on without any worries of future mold growth.
If you have been affected by a fire or other traumatic event that results in severe water damage such as a large flood, a mold inspection is your best bet. Catching the problem early can ensure that repairs are done before the mold becomes a serious health hazard for you and your family.
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