As we approach the peak of hurricane season you’re probably noticing the air outside is feeling sticky and sometimes, oppressive. This air is typically well above 60% relative humidity (RH) and when it gets in your home, mold, mildew and dust mites are sure to follow. To ensure the continuous protection of your family’s health and the structure of your home during any season, we recommend the use of a Santa Fe dehumidifier.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends an ideal relative humidity between 35% – 50%. High humidity levels in your home can greatly affect your comfort by causing you to feel either hot and sticky or cold and clammy, especially in your basement, while also contributing to smelly, musty odors in the home.
To reduce mold and damage, begin the drying and cleaning process as soon as floodwaters recede. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.
Inspect for structural and electrical damage from outside to determine if it is safe to enter. Assume flood water and flooded materials are contaminated.
Remove all furniture, bedding, and carpeting to outdoors to be cleaned and dried (or discarded). All upholstered furniture and mattresses contaminated by floodwater should be discarded.
Restoration companies specialize in water and storm damage restoration, including damage caused by hurricanes, storm surges, and wind damage.
To help get your home’s RH level back to normal after a hurricane or other water-related events, be sure to follow these important safety measures before using your Santa Fe dehumidifier.