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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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