23 Jun Water Damage and Mold
Common reasons homeowners need water damage restoration work done within their home include flooding, a plumbing mishap, or a leaking roof. Insurance companies also report that in areas with consistently high humidity, the damp air can cause water damage. It doesn’t take very much water to create a massive problem. In addition to water causing baseboards, support beams, and drywall to rot or warp, the now wet building materials become the perfect place for mold spores to settle and breed, and these can create some serious health problems for the people living in the home.
Water Damage, Mold, and Your Health
Most forms of mold, such as mildew, that develop in water damaged areas don’t bother inhabitants much, but there are some types of mold spores that can create an assortment of health problems, and genetics and other health issues mean that some people are more susceptible to mold-related issues than others.
Health problems that might be connected to mold include:
- Various respiratory illnesses
- Irritation of eyes/throat/lungs
Stopping Mold Growth in its Tracks
The key to preventing water damage to lead to mold problems is fast action. It doesn’t take long for mold spores to attach to the damp material and start reproducing. In a warm, damp environment, the mold is often visible within 24 to 48 hours of the walls getting wet.
While you might not be able to get a contractor out to your home in less than 24 hours, sometimes it can take that long just to get an insurance adjuster out, there are some things you can do to slow and possibly even prevent mold from growing.
First, identify the source of the water damage and resolve the matter. This might mean shutting off the water to part of your home, putting out buckets to catch drips, or even covering a portion of your roof with a plastic tarp.
Once you’ve managed to stop the water from doing additional damage to your home, use old towels to soak up as much of the water as possible. If carpeting, upholstery, and curtains got wet, take them outside to dry in the sunlight and wind.
If you have a dehumidifier in your home, place it close to the soaked area and turn it up as high as it will go. If you don’t have a dehumidifier, then you’ll want to take a couple of floor, box fans and use them to dry things up. Run them continuously until your satisfied that the water is gone.
Talk to Professionals
Whenever you’re dealing with water damage restoration, you really need to set aside time to talk to professionals who deal with water restoration. They know signs that indicate if additional areas of your house are damaged, can predict the places where you may have future water damage problems and will make the repairs without damaging the structural integrity of your home.