Safety advocate group NYCOSH warns of mold in Sandy-struck homes

Long Islanders whose homes were flooded during Sandy could be dealing with a silent after-effect: mold.

Long Islanders whose homes were flooded during Sandy

Long Islanders whose homes were flooded during Sandy could be dealing with a silent after-effect: mold.

FREEPORT - Long Islanders whose homes were flooded during Sandy could be dealing with a silent after-effect: mold.

The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, an independent safety group, warns that mold is still a big problem in many homes affected by the 2012 storm.

Many people just use bleach to get rid of mold, but NYCOSH says that won't work on porous surfaces like wood and sheet rock. The group says the only way to get rid of mold is to completely remove the materials saturated with water.

NYCOSH warns that mold can cause serious health problems if left untreated.

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Sandy victims dealing with mold

Two public meetings with be held on how to deal with mold post-Sandy. 

The meetings will be held:

Aug. 20 at Tanner Park in Copaigue at 7 p.m.
Aug. 27 Merrick Library in Merrick at 7 p.m.

The CDC Long Island will provide free mold remediation services at the meetings. Officials say residents can also buy moisture meters from local plumbing stores to test mold in your home.

Your Photos: Superstorm Sandy - 4 years agoPhotos from Sandy and Long Island's recovery from the superstorm.

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