Water Damage Mold Prevention
When your home is damaged by water, whether it is due to inclement weather or a problem with plumbing, there is always a risk that the water damage will result in mold growth. Mold growth is not just unsightly, it can be dangerous as well. Mold can damage the structural integrity of walls and floors and can also cause problems such as respiratory trouble, allergies, and more. That is why it is essential that you do everything you can to prevent mold growth after water damage in your home. Let’s take a closer look at why mold grows after water damage and what you can do to prevent it.
What Causes Mold to Grow?
Mold requires 4 essential conditions in order to grow: moisture, ‘food’, a certain temperature, and oxygen. In the context of materials found throughout your home, the ‘food’ that mold eats tends to be starches inside woods and other building materials. Mold tends to grow in temperatures between 5° and 40° Celsius.
In order to prevent mold growth after water damage, you’ll need to take some preventative steps to ensure that these conditions don’t occur, which will result in an environment ideal for mold to thrive. The following are some essential water damage mold prevention tips to follow in your home.
Stop the water/moisture source
Before anything else, you need to stop the source of water or moisture in the home. This can mean turning off the water supply to your home in the event of damaged plumbing, covering an outside component to ensure rainwater doesn’t get in, fixing plumbing issues, and so on. If you don’t stop the source of water/moisture, you won’t be able to prevent mold from growing.
Dry anything wet as soon as possible
Once you have stopped the water/moisture from coming in, you need to dry anything that is salvageable and wet. Ideally you should do this right away, but if you don’t have tons of spare time, just make sure it gets done within 48 hours. If any materials are too damaged, remove them as well, as damaged materials can harbour ‘food’ for mold to grow.
Keep an eye (and nose) out for mold growth
Mold can grow despite your best efforts, so you will need to keep an eye–and nose–out for mold growth after water damage. Inspect the previously damaged area for mold spots and be aware of any new or unusual musty smells in the home, which is a symptom of mold growth.
Don’t forget to check the outside of the home
Sometimes water damage will result in mold growth outside the area of visible damage. You should routinely inspect the exterior of your home for mold spots, unusual smells, or other areas of damage that indicate mold growth. The quicker you spot exterior mold, the sooner you can address the problem and prevent more significant damage to the interior of your home.
Should you encounter any mold growth that seems too dangerous or too much to deal with on your own, be sure to contact our professional mold restoration team at HomeWorks Restoration. Our team is trained and certified in mold restoration best practices and our experience in delivering a job well done is second-to-none. Contact us today with any of your water damage or mold restoration needs.