Everyone can experience water damage, whether in their homes or offices. It's a more common occurrence than you think. It can be caused by a small leak in the building or water flooding the entire space.
Ever wondered why a water-damaged building has a musty smell? What about the discoloration on the wall? In this article, we will discuss water damage and how it leads to mold growth, how to prevent mold problems, and what to do if you experience mold growth after water damage.
Water damage is a common occurrence because it can be caused by several events, which include:
You can avoid some of these causes of water damage if you are proactive about them.
Mold is a fungus that produces spores. They are airborne and so can quickly spread from outdoor to indoor. Humans can also introduce them since they tend to cling to clothes and the sole of shoes. Mold will be inactive unless certain conditions are present such as:
After water damage, your building meets all of these conditions adequately. Within 24-48 hours of the damage, if the moisture is not dried up, mold grows and its colonies multiply rapidly. They will be found on surfaces they can digest, such as walls, ceilings, wooden tables, and even paper. This is how they destroy household structures and materials. The longer the mold grows, the harder it will be to clean up and the more damage it will have done.
Mold is usually easy to spot as long as you know what you're looking for.
Mold stains materials and these stains are often permanent.
Mold can be hazardous for those with respiratory problems and allergies. Some molds produce mycotoxins which, with long-term exposure, are harmful even for healthy individuals.
Most times, the element to address in order to prevent mold growth in your home or office is moisture. If you keep your space dry, then you can avoid mold problems. To achieve this, start practices such as:
If water damage has occurred, to prevent mold problems, restore your house to a dry state within 48 hours.
The best thing to do when you have a mold problem is to call a professional mold remediation service provider. With their wealth of experience handling such situations and the chemicals and equipment they have at their disposal, cleanup will be faster and more thorough than if you attempt to do it yourself. It would be best to act fast because the more time you give the mold to grow, the more extensive the damage will be.
You cannot always avoid water damage, but you can manage it properly. Quick action can help you prevent the growth of mold and minimize the damage. If there is already mold growth, you need to act quickly to get rid of them.
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