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Hurricane Harvey

It has now been about a week since hurricane Harvey slammed into the coast of Texas as a Category 4 Hurricane. The water damage conditions from this disaster practically guarantees mold problems are developing. The current estimate is that Harvey has left over 136,000 flooded structures in its wake.

Recovery efforts are beginning now that the water has receded in most areas. Even minor water damage can result in major problems from mold growth if it is not addressed properly. In cases of catastrophic flooding, such as has occurred this last week in Texas, the water damage recovery resources are strained to the limits. This strain makes it difficult to get the necessary help required to prevent additional problems from developing. Add to this the outdoor elevated humidity conditions that are normally present in many parts of Texas and minor damage can quickly turn into major problems.

Those of you that have been following my work, and contributed to the research I have been doing with regards to contaminated mattresses, know that I have been writing a new book about mold contamination and problems in buildings. The first round of Phase 1 and Phase 2 mattress research has been completed and has resulted in some interesting results and information. I was ready to begin the next Phase, but based on the events that have occurred in Texas, I have decided it is the right thing to temporarily shift my attention.

Effective immediately I am going to temporarily refocus on the book chapters and information that will provide the most benefit for those that have been adversely affected by water damage from the Harvey disaster.

I plan to post on a daily basis the information I think will provide the most benefit for those that are assisting in the hurricane Harvey recovery efforts regarding homes. I will be making this information available on my author web site at I am setting up a Blog button at top of my site for Hurricane Recovery Information. If you would like to receive those daily blog posts by email you should go to my author site and click the subscribe button to be added to the email list.

As a research contributor, you will continue to have access via the Contributor Login to my book chapters and updates as they are posted.

Thank you again for your generous support of my mattress research. 

John C Banta


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