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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.

The Difference Between Mold and Mildew

The Difference Between Mold and Mildew

[ 1 ] June 25, 2010

Mold and Mildew

Most people don’t realize there are different types of mold. In fact, there’s even a difference between mold and mildew. They are similar in appearance, and most people can’t tell them apart. Mold and mildew are actually different types of fungi. They are also different in texture and color. One thing they have in common is they’re unwanted. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone happy about mold or mildew growing in their home.

Mold and mildew both like warm and moist areas. They also grow in many of the same places. That’s why people get confused about them. Both types of fungi can grow in showers, and on paper and fabrics. However, mildew grows in showers and on fabrics more often than mold does. Both types of fungi can also grow on food items, but mold affects food more often than mildew does.

They both spread when their spores are disturbed. The spores travel through the air and grow wherever the situation is right. Mold is usually black, sometimes green or even blue. Mildew is normally white or gray in color.

Mildew Characteristics

There are basically two types of mildew. Powdery mildew has the appearance of gray or white patches. You might see this type on flowers and other plants. Downy mildew is often found on food. The way it looks will vary depending on the food item. It might look like a hunk of powder or sugar is on the food. It can also appear as chalky looking spots on leaves.

Mold Characteristics

Mold usually looks slimy or fuzzy, and that depends on what type it is. Although it’s usually black, mold actually comes in a variety of colors. It comes in a variety of shapes as well. Usually, it appears as black or green spots in a shower or bathroom. Sometimes it grows in the crevices of bathroom tile. This is usually not a serious health threat. However, it is a serious threat when the situation turns toxic, and mold removal becomes very important.

Toxic mold contains mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can cause all kinds of illnesses. Some people aren’t affected by it at all, but others become seriously ill. Symptoms include headaches, asthma and coughing. Eye and throat irritation can occur as well.

In serious cases, a person could experience trouble with their lungs, rashes, blurred vision or worse. This doesn’t mean you should run screaming whenever you see mold. Just be aware of these symptoms, and take action if you think you’re in danger.

All types of mold and mildew thrive in wet, dark places. Get rid of their breeding grounds, and you’ll get rid of them. Bathrooms are a common problem spot. They are often wet and not well ventilated. Those create perfect conditions for mold and mildew to thrive. Dry the area after each use, and open a window to admit fresh air. If you do this you should not develop bathroom mold in the first place.

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