When cleaning and restoring homes from water damage, we often hear questions regarding the damage itself and mold growth. Although you may not be able to prevent the damage itself, you can certainly take preventive steps to avoid the development and spread of mold. To learn more, check out these frequently asked questions:
How does water damage typically occur?
There are several causes behind water damage; natural disasters (floodwater), busted pipes, malfunctioning appliances, overflowing septic tanks, among a few others. Although it may not seem like it, especially if dealing with a malfunctioning appliance, the water becomes increasingly contaminated the longer it’s left untreated.
When does mold develop?
Mold often develops in the presence of moisture, although the temperatures have to be favorable as well. There are a multitude of different mold species, and rarely will any of them grow in triple-digit-temperatures. In fact, indoor conditions are usually the ideal environment for mold growth - another reason why prompt water extraction and cleaning after damage is critical.
How much mold exposure is harmful?
Everyone reacts to mold differently. If you have sensitivities, you’ll be able to handle much less than someone who doesn’t. Additionally, it can be extremely difficult to measure an exact level of mold exposure in an individual. Generally, children (especially babies) have a lower tolerance for mold than adults - but everyone should be cautious of exposure.
What’s the best way to remove water and mold?
If your home has suffered water damage, it’s never safe for you to try and remove the water - or even enter the house - by yourself. The best way to handle water damage is to call a professional restoration company. They understand that natural disasters and other damaging situations don’t always wait for the timing to be convenient, so they’re available to handle emergencies 24/7. The professionals have the right equipment, experience, and know the proper safety precautions to take in order to extract all of the water and tackle any mold development.