Richard Schielke scrubbed the salt and mud off his hardwood floors after the storm but discovered weeks later that mold lurked under the floor. He hired a crew from Flag Enterprises, a Lindenhurst, N.Y., restoration services company. Workers scoured his moldy floor and walls and set up large air filters that hummed throughout his home.
‘‘There was no playbook saying, ‘If this happens, this is what you should do,'’’ Schielke, of Massapequa, N.Y., said.
Alyssa Durnien, of Keansburg, N.J., came back to her damaged house about 15 days after the storm and sprayed a mildew product on the wood and underbelly of her home, which had mold damage.
Months later, the mold is back. Durnien set up dehumidifiers throughout the house and plans to hire a professional.
‘‘I can tell you,’’ she said, ‘‘there’s still mold there.’’
Associated Press writers Frank Eltman in Massapequa, N.Y., and David B. Caruso in New York contributed to this report.
Follow Zezima at: http://twitter.com/katiezez