Water Damage and Mold Remediation: Hiding Places

The Spreading of Molds

In previous entries, we have talked about the mold life cycle.  We’ve also talked about some quick things you could do to prevent mold damage from becoming too much of a problem in your household. But sometimes, hurricanes, storms, broken pipes, and more disasters happen in life, and water damage and mold remediation is a necessity. One of the most common methods of getting a mold problem, especially in Florida, is that of water damage. Fire or water are incredibly damaging to a home, but water and flooding can spread mold spores with ease and lead to major mold growth. Once it’s taken root, mold remediation may be the only way to fix a mold problem that’s spread from flooding. Today, we’ll be looking at some of the places that mold can grow with occasional or frequent flooding problems. Usually it’s smarter and cheaper to perform regular maintenance as your main method of mold prevention, but with some disasters it is impossible to prevent. In these cases, it’s good to know the signs and where to look so that you can start sooner and save money with water restoration, water damage and mold remediation.

As always, if you’re unsure, there’s no harm in calling a professional to handle it. The EPA states that an area of less than ten square feet (roughly a three foot by three foot square) is the best you can do to clean yourself. Anything more and you’ll want to call in a mold remediation specialist.


The Obvious:  Basements and Humid Places

When it comes to water damage and mold remediation, the most common places have humidity! Since humidity is one of the most important pieces of the “mold recipe,” Florida has plenty of places that can harbor mold. So, what are some good places to start checking out for bad mold spots?

Basements can be a very good place for mold to appear and are susceptible to water damage. This is especially true when it comes to flooding. By its very nature, floods bring with them a lot of dirt, which can be a home to plenty of spores. Couple this with the wetness and already you’ve got most of what they need to multiply. Similarly, places like bathrooms can become prime real estate for it to spread. With hot showers and poor air circulation, shower grout can be a very good place for it to grow and flourish. If you’ve got a problem, mold removal should be easy if it’s not too entrenched in the grout.  I actually covered this in a previous blog because it can be so prevalent.

Hidden and Smelly:  Walls and Insulation

A very distinct sign that you’ve got mold is the smell. A musty scent in the air, especially in a humid environment, means you’ve got a bit of mold in the area. Mold can contaminate insulation. With some kinds, it only grows on the top of insulation but that can still cause problems – like with indoor air quality. The biggest issue though is that if it’s growing in the insulation.  If that happens, it likely means it’s growing in the walls of the building! Like others, water damage can be the prime culprit when it comes to causing mold to appear in insulation. How do you check this? Sometimes it’s hard to find the source of a musty smell if the problem is insulation. Have a professional come out, or go up in the attic and take a careful look around where you’re smelling the mold. Be cautious if you have a musty smell and have lung problems! The health effects of mold can be dangerous to some. If you have asthma or another lung issue, call a professional.

Another Hiding Place: Air Ducts and Ventilation

Another way that mold spores can spread is through the ventilation systems of a home or building. This includes growing in the filters that the HVAC systems use. If it’s in the filters, it can be very easy to remove.  Just replace the filter.  But there are other places it can hide. Regardless of the humidity in your house, you’ll want to check for mold regularly.  The most common place for moisture to form when it comes to air ducts and ventilation is the evaporator coils and drip pans.  Checking these is important due to their nature to gather moisture and condensation. If you don’t catch a mold problem in time, you can end up blowing mold spores through the system and all over the building!


HVACs, Basements, and Showers, Oh My!

As you can see, there are plenty of places for mold to crop up if you’re not paying attention. Especially in Florida, water damage becomes a big instigator of mold, and it’s important to take care of your water damage and mold remediation to prevent future issues with health problems, structure damage, and more. And these problems don’t just affect homes. Mold remediation in schools and commercial buildings may be necessary for the same reasons we talked about above! Remember, don’t try to fix major problems on your own. Call a professional if you discover a massive mold growth problem in your building. Water damage and mold remediation go hand-in-hand, and many companies including Sunsation are here to help you.

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