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Mold in Isaac victims' homes raises health concerns

The water is gone, but Hurricane Isaac left a mark on many houses and apartments in south Louisiana.

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View Map » Map Room View Map » u local View Photos >>Upload >> LATEST VIDEOCAST TRAFFIC Get Alerts » Weather Alerts Home / News / Local News / New Orleans Mold in Isaac victims' homes raises health concerns Experts say mold, mildew develop within 24 hours  UPDATED 5:46 PM CDT Sep 12, 2012 Tweet NEXT STORY Abita Beer fires back at Budweiser Super Bowl commercial Text Size: ASmall Text AMedium Text ALarge Text Mold problems persist post-Isaac The water is gone, but Hurricane Isaac left a mark on many houses and apartments in south Louisiana. Related Metairie native captures rare whales... Louisiana Common Core opponents... Man killed in New Orleans East shooting NOPD: Victim hit by train was... Work-release inmate sought after... Renters and homeowners said mold is growing on their baseboards, up walls, in air conditioning vents and even on the ceiling.A member of the state Real Estate Commission said the responsibility of doing the remediation depends on the terms of the lease."If you don’t have a lease, a landlord is required to provide safe, nonhazardous living conditions," said Joe Ory, of the Louisiana Real Estate Commission.Ory said renters should document the damage with photos and ask for repairs in a timely fashion."If it were me, I would have the repair done and take the money out of the rent bill and balance of the rent money," Ory said.For residents planning to get rid of the mold, experts said the most common remedy is not the best one."A lot of people say, 'Bleach it.' It's not (an) EPA-recommended way to kill mold.Most of the bleaches you buy will bleach out the mold so you won't be able to see it, but it will still be there," said moisture expert Eric Wegner.If moisture got in through the windows, Wegner said, the home has to dry out for mold not to grow."Some people see a little bit of mold, and they're like, 'I can't breathe.' That's not necessarily the case, because a little bit is not going to cause health problems," Wegner said.Experts said if a home had water damage because of Isaac, mold and mildew could have started to develop within 24 to 48 hoursExperts said residents need to be sure the wet or contaminated area is completely dried out before rebuilding or replacing items.Health officials said the most common symptoms of mold exposure are sneezing, itching, skin irritation, watery eyes and headaches. ibsys.article.dateline('NEW ORLEANS —') Tweet Tweet --> -->

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