Mold Damage Caused by Water Flooding, Moisture and Condensation
Mold growth can be very damaging to your home or business, leaving not only damaged property but also creating a health risk. Mold can accumulate in numerous places leading to rot, infestations, bad odors and deteriorating. The mitigation of mold can be become very costly but can be minimized if caught in its early stages, before it turns into an infestation.
Mold will continue to grow and accumulate if its feeding source is not controlled. Mold is attractive to water, humidity and moisture which is mostly found in crawl spaces and basements but not limited to these areas. You do not have to have a disaster such as a flooded basement for it to occur. If the conditions apply mold growth is most likely emanate. Advance Restoration handles numerous mold losses and clean up and has perfected not only its removal but we have the solution in preventing it from coming back.
Before any mold removal is done we bring out a microbiologist who will test your home or business in various locations confirming where the mold is and exactly how much mitigation is necessary. This called a protocol and we follow strict, safe and appropriate guidelines when addressing any mold or potential mold exposures. Identification, containment, proper protocols and mitigation are keys to handling any exposure.
Mold damage due to flooding does not take long to start growing, even if you have a flood from clean water. Within 72 hours water can grow harmful bacteria and develop mold spores that can infest your property and become a serious health risk.
Mold damage due to moisture and condensation can also create a serious problem. Common occurrences that Advance Restoration has dealt with involve crawl spaces, basements and attics. The moisture content in these areas is usually above normal conditions and over time act as a feeding source for mold growth. There are several key components to help eliminate the high moisture content for these areas.
Mold Damage Control In A Crawl Space
- Make sure you have an adequate moisture barrier installed in your crawl space. Most crawl spaces have a dirt base (earth) which contains a lot of moisture that is constantly being forced to the surface to maintain an equal Librium.
- Foam your crawl space walls and bonding board with closed cell foam insulation. This will help stop any penetrating water that seeps in through the exterior of your home.
- Install drain tile and sump pump to direct any seepage, ground water or any other water source out of your crawl space and into a safe area far enough away from your home or business
Mold Damage Control In A Basement
- Tiling or another type of hard surface non porous material in place of carpet and padding is recommended as carpet and pad absorb moisture and water and can harvest it for some time.
- Install a sump pump and drain tile as needed, this can be very expensive if your basement is already finished but it some circumstances it is necessary.
- Fix all cracks and rod holes that appear in your basement walls, water from the ground can seep in through these cracks and rod holes causing an elevation of moisture.
- Install a dehumidifier to control the environment in your basement. A dehumidifier will remove moisture from the air and most have a control gage to set to your preference.
Mold Damage Control In An Attic
Attics are very susceptible to mold growth and damage as well. If you do not have the proper ventilation condensation in the winter can occur creating a frost on your sheathing and other materials comprising your attic. When spring arrives the frost will thaw out and create an effect of rain thus damaging insulation. The consistent condensation combined with the stale air movement and the heat of an attic is perfect conditions for mold growth. To eliminate possibilities of mold in your attic be sure to:
- consult Advance Restoration on your roof ventilation system
- be sure that all of your bathroom vents are exhausted outside
- Check for any water leaks
Other tips to help prevent mold damage include:
- Replacing the seals in your windows, if your window fog up than it is time to have them evaluated by Advance.
- Install an exhaust fan in your shower that exhausts outside
- Dry up any unwanted water that spills out from your appliances,
- Make sure the grade around the perimeter of your house does not slope into your house but rather away.