Homeowner Tips for Rebuilding in the Aftermath of Super Storm Sandy
VALLEY FORGE, Pa., Nov. 26, 2012
VALLEY FORGE, Pa., Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --In the aftermath of Super
Storm Sandy, thousands of homeowners along the East Coast are beginning to
assess the damage their homes sustained in the storm and will soon begin the
rebuilding process. A natural disaster of this magnitude can be daunting,
leaving many unsure of where to begin. CertainTeed Corporation —a building
product manufacturer for more than 100 years — offers the following tips:
Know the code. There are certain rules that apply when rebuilding in coastal
areas. While most homeowners will not know the ins and outs of these
regulations, getting up to speed now can save in unnecessary delays or costs.
Contact your local building code authority and discuss with your contractor to
ensure that all work is in compliance.
When in doubt, take it out. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) recommends removing all porous items, such as carpet, upholstery,
drywall and ceiling tiles that have been wet for more than 48 hours and cannot
be thoroughly cleaned and dried. These items can remain a source of mold
growth and could pose a health threat. Always wear proper protection when
removing these items to avoid any potential health risks.
Air it out. If a home has flooded and been closed up for several days, it is
very likely the home has been contaminated with mold. Upon reentering the home
for the first time, open windows and doors to allow the house to air out for
30 minutes or more to reduce exposure to mold. If an area larger than 10
square feet is affected, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
recommends hiring a qualified mold remediation specialist.
Partner with a qualified contractor. Widespread disaster areas like those
recovering from Hurricane Sandy often draw large numbers of contractors from
out of town or out of state, so homeowners should exercise caution. Search
customer review websites or use online tools such as CertainTeed's "Find a
Pro" tool, which allows homeowners to easily locate credentialed contractors
based on zip code, as well as the type of products needed for the project.
Look for Products Well-suited for Coastal Areas. There is a wide array of
products that are well-suited for coastal areas. For example, vinyl or polymer
siding will stand up to the weathering effects of sea salt spray. Certain roof
and fence products are backed by wind warranties of up to 110 miles per hour
For more information on rebuilding after a disaster, go to
To speak to an expert, contact Mike Loughery of CertainTeed Corporation at
email@example.com or 610-341-7328.
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building
products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape
the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as
General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made
Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed.
Today, CertainTeed^® is North America's leading brand of exterior and interior
building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim,
foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.
A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building products company,
CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 60
manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Recognized
as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, CertainTeed earned the 2011 and 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained
Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding
contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The
group had total sales of approximately $3.2 billion in 2011.
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