Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R), Department of Human Services (DHS) and Healthy Child Care Iowa are aware that many child care providers across the state have been recovering from the severe weather event (derecho) that took place from August 10–11, 2020. Due to last week's rain, providers may now have additional damage due to water. Similar to flooding events that have occurred in Iowa, standing water and increased moisture can cause property damage and health concerns:

  • Mold - Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery. Mold can cause allergies, asthma reactions and severe respiratory symptoms. 
  • Lead - Lead is a highly toxic substance that can produce adverse effects in nearly all organ systems in the body. There are many ways in which adults and children are exposed to lead, for example, through chipped paint and dust. Although lead-based paint was banned from residential use in 1978, it is one of the main sources of lead poisoning in Iowa. It is important when removing walls, flooring, and when making repairs that caution is taken to prevent lead exposure. 
  • Asbestos - Asbestos is a mineral fiber. Until the 1970's, many types of building products and insulation materials used in homes and buildings contained asbestos. If disturbed during repairs, asbestos material may release asbestos fibers, which can be inhaled into the lungs. The fibers can remain there for a long time, increasing the risk of disease and lung cancer.  

The following resources have helpful information for providers with property damage:

If you have additional questions or concerns about the health and safety of your property, please reach out to your Child Care Consultant. CCR&R Agency contact information can be found here.


Tags: property damage , mold , lead , asbestos

« Back