Water damage is catastrophic enough by itself. It can taint the beauty of painted walls, damage structures, and make your house smell damp, and in extreme cases, make you vacate the house.
And if that’s not enough, water damage always brings another inconvenience in its wake – mold growth.
The sight of the furry, ugly-looking growth that gnaws on walls can make even the strongest-willed a little weak in the stomach.
Water Damage and Its Ugly Secrets
You can easily fix a leaking washing machine or a water heater. But what about a flooded basement with furniture and table lamps floating around?
Causes for water damage come in various forms: Some are apparent, while others are not. However, all of them can damage your property and make a real dent in your bank account.
Benign pipe leakage inside a wall and even condensation from the AC – if left unattended for too long – can soon turn into a breeding ground for mold. And from there, the mold can rampantly spread and feast upon your walls and floor.
Water damage may seem minor on the surface. However, mold infestation is its ugly secret that can worsen things as time passes.
To minimize water damage, locating and remediating the source of moisture or leakage is the top priority. When doing it yourself, take precautions against electrical hazards.
Mold Growth Needs the Right Conditions - And They are Easy to Fulfill
Mold is a resilient life form. To breed their colony, they only need small amounts of oxygen, humidity, warmth, and organic substance – dead or alive – to feed.
You might be wondering what the organic material is in your house?
Well, it’s literally everywhere. Examples of organic material include:
- Dead insects in air ducts
- Dead skin cells
- Microscopic organic debris trapped in the wallpaper
- Pollen seeds stuck to surfaces
- Organic residue stuck to dust and dirt
Food, warmth, and oxygen are ever-present in your house, so it’s not worth worrying about those factors. Yet, by simply keeping the fourth factor (i.e., humidity) under check, you can curb mold growth.
In the right conditions, mold starts germinating within 24 to 48 hours. In another a week or so, it becomes visible and begins to grow at an exponential rate.
During the early stages of mold growth, you can still scrape it off walls or use mold-killing products to get rid of it. No harm done.
Severe cases of mold growth occur when you don’t treat mold growth for a couple of weeks. You can see large mold outbreak when:
- A house is abandoned for months
- A flooding event happens
- A homeowner suddenly realizes a strange smell coming from the attic
- The chimney has not been cleaned for weeks
Indoor Mold Comes in Different Types
Depending on the temperature and humidity, different types of mold can grow indoors. Some species grow on foods, others prefer wet areas like the kitchen sink and bathroom, yet others grow on walls and ceiling in humid conditions.
Some mold species like Cladosporium, Aureobasidium, Penicillium can induce allergic reactions in homeowners. Other species are harmless to humans but ruin property. The consequences of an infestation can be black and pink spots on the wall, rotting wood, flaky wall paint, etc. Click here to read more about mold types.
Health Issues Caused by Mold
Severe health issues caused by indoor mold growth are rare. However, even if you are an overall healthy person, long-term mold exposure can still cause generic symptoms like runny nose, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, etc.
People sensitive to mold can experience more adverse effects such as:
- Allergic asthma
- Allergic rhinitis
Mold growth triggers the growth of a host of other bacteria that can furthermore cause conditions such as:
- Allergic Funal Sinusitis
- Chronic Rhinosinusitis
- Allergic Fungal Sinusitis
A study conducted in 2010 found a correlation between dampness and mold and the possibility of contracting respiratory infections and bronchitis in residents.
Infants and immunocompromised people living in damp environments with mold exposure are at the risk of developing complications like and fungal infections chronic respiratory problems.
Damage Caused to Property
Mold growth significantly depreciates the value of properties.
It looks gross and can deter guests from visiting you. When people start making excuses to avoid your Saturday evening gatherings, you know those pesky fungi are to be blamed!
More noticeable harms caused by mold growth include:
- Reduced indoor air quality
- Peeling paint
- Blackened walls
- Cracks in walls
- Lingering musty smell
- Decaying wood
- Decreased output of HVAC systems
- Stained walls
- Soft and weak drywalls
If mold problems are left untreated for too long, this can result in huge expenses for you later down the road.
Remediation begins with drying your home and controlling the source of water damage. Care is needed to stop the spores from spreading; otherwise, you may see another outbreak in a different area in another two weeks or so.
Should you call a professional? That depends on your unique situation. You may be able to deal with mold growth that’s the size of your handkerchief. But can you locate and fix the source of leakage or humidity to prevent mold regrowth?
The EPA recommends getting professional help if the mold growth is more than 3×3 feet.
Reasons To Hire Professional Remediation Service
On average, minor mold remediations can cost you about $500. When you are paying a professional, you are:
- Saving money on buying equipment and mold-killing primer
- Avoiding the risk of a second outbreak
- Saving professional and personal time
- Retaining the value of your property
- Addressing the root of mold problem
What to Expect during Professional Mold Remediation
Sometimes mold remediation needs only one day. Other times, multiple visits to your home are required.
The remediation process begins with:
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