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Water Damage Mold Removal and Other Expenses Related to a Flood

Water Damage Mold Removal and Other Expenses Related to a Flood

[ 0 ] July 5, 2010

Water Damage Mold Removal

Floodwater damage often means more than a damaged wood floor or carpet. Water causes all kinds of damages most people don’t even think about. For one thing, water damage often leads to mold growth. Water damage mold removal can cost you lots of time and possibly money. However, it’s something you must do if the problem arises. That’s only the tip of the iceberg when talking about the damaging effects of water.

Serious flood damage in a home is devastating. A small flood that affects only one room isn’t too bad. You can easily deal with that on your own. You can dry the carpet or floor and continue as usual. Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy.

A serious flood can destroy your valued possessions. It can also poses serious health risks to the health of the entire family. This is why you should not let water or damaged items sit in your home for long and immediate mold removal is a must.

Here are three ways that floodwater can damage your home:

1. The water can cause a terrible smell. Sewage water or water from a muddy creek stinks. Your home will smell awful until everything is clean. If your home has this foul odor, get your family out.

Breathing in dirty air is terrible for your lungs and health. The only remedy to this situation might be to throw some things away. More than likely, your carpet will definitely have to go. Cleaning it might help, so you can give it a try. You will probably lose some of your personal belongings and items in the aftermath.

2. Flood water usually leaves dark spots on the walls. It’s often possible to see how high the water rose based on the walls. Wherever the dark stains stop, that’s as high as the water reached. This will be really noticeable if you have wallpaper. More than likely, the wallpaper will need to be replaced.

3. Flood water can damage items such as the shoes, hardwood flooring, drywall and insulation. Other concerns could also occur, such as plumbing malfunctions and accidental leaks. All of these things will cost money and time to replace.

The list above is just three of many ways that floodwater can damage any home. A family can lose almost everything. If you live in an area that often floods, make sure you have the proper insurance. That will at least lighten the financial burden.

Getting the water and dampness taken care of is very important. If you leave the conditions as they are, mold can start to grow. That will add the need for water damage mold removal in addition to the other costs. Plus, there’s a chance the water damage mold will be the toxic kind. That’s unlikely to happen, but it’s certainly a possibility.

Play it safe and repair the situation as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the worse the problems will become.

Dealing with Water Damage Mold

[ 0 ] January 28, 2010

Water Damage Mold

Life happens. Water damage mold can happen wherever you live or work despite your best efforts. Pipes rupture, basements develop water leaks, high humidity and poor ventilation in a bathroom can cause black mold to grow right under your nose.

Storms or aging from the passing of time can cause a roof to let inclement weather into your attic. The water trickles or in some cases pours down onto your ceiling and before you know it, you not only have an unsightly problem, if you don’t take care of it fast, you can end up with health concerns as well.

Though obviously water damage mold is caused by water, the mold itself is actually a fungus that loves to live in wet or damp places in your home or office building. The problem with this type of mold is that it is a dangerous health hazard, especially in young children with any type of respiratory illness or condition such as asthma.

If the mold would sit still and simply be a cosmetic annoyance that would be one thing, but unfortunately, mold lets spores go into the air where you live and work. When these spores from the mold are released into the air, like seeds from a plant, they land in a new spot and if that spot is conducive to mold growth (damp or wet), then the mold begins there as well.

One area where I’ve seen water damage mold in many homes, especially older ones, is around the bottom of windows at the windowsill or on the actually window frame itself. This type of  mold is mainly caused by condensation though poor installation can play a small part.

When dealing with water damage mold, you have to figure out how it got where it’s living. If you see black mold on an interior wall in a two story home, there’s a good chance you could have a leaky pipe from an upstairs bathroom hidden behind the drywall and you’re going to have to do some digging to get to it.

For a mold problem that’s not widespread, you can eliminate it yourself once you’ve located and repaired the leak. For larger areas of stubborn, removal resistant  mold, leave it alone. You’ll want to contact a mold removal company knowledgeable to take it out. They’ll know how to best deal with water damage mold so that your home is safer to live in.

With small patches of black mold, make sure you cover your mouth and nose to keep from getting the spores into your lungs. Be sure and protect your skin as well with the proper clothing.

Once you’re covered, the first step you take is to start cleaning the black mold with water and whatever detergent you use to wash your household laundry with. After cleaning the water damage mold with this mixture, next clean it again with bleach and water.

That should take care of any water damage mold you’ve encountered, but if it doesn’t and you see the mold reappear, get help.

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