Originally Posted By: gromicko
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(September 16, 2004) – Even the fringes of major hurricanes can damage homes with high winds and moist air. As the muggy air makes its way indoors, homeowners may discover mold in their bathrooms, closets, and hidden spaces behind couches and under sinks.
Mold can be eliminated with commercial cleaners or a mixture of water and bleach. Homeowners would be wise to use exhaust fans, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners to prevent mold growth.
As for winds and heavy rain, there are a number of things homeowners can do before a storm hits to minimize damage. They should store lawn furniture, garbage cans, and other potential projectiles indoors; repair roof leaks and damaged shingles; clean the gutters; extend the downspout to keep water away from the foundation; seal any foundation cracks; and make sure their sump pumps are in working order.
Source: Washington Post (09/16/04); McClintock, Mike
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