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Water Damage Can Lead to Mold

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

With “April Showers” quickly approaching, there is an increased possibility for drain backups in your home. This can lead to water damage in your home, which can then unfortunately lead to mold growth.

Given the right environment, mildew and mold can develop within 48 hours of water exposure if your home has sustained water damage. This buildup of water can be due to a number of things, including:

  • Flooding
  • Sewage backup from flooding in the area
  • Overflows from showers, sinks, or bathtubs
  • Elevated levels of humidity from foundation leaks
  • Plumbing and/or roof leaks

Mold will continue to grow until the source of the water in the specified area has been corrected, the atmosphere is under control along with dealing with the existing mold properly and effectively. 

Eliminating all mold is not possible indoors, but there are many ways that you can help to control mold growth, such as:

  • Stop the Water – have leaks and water intrusions repaired.
  • Keep it Clean – clean fabrics regularly and store in dry spaces; have air ducts cleaned.
  • Keep it Dry – reduce air moisture with dehumidifiers, fans, air conditioners, but DO NOT use fans if mold already exists; try to keep indoor humidity below 40%
  • Disinfect – be sure to check moisture or mold prone spaces in the house like bathrooms, laundry areas, mechanical rooms for moldy odors, and use a commercial disinfectant.

Water damage can lead to problems that can be easily missed or shrugged off as not a big deal. It is important to have the affected space thoroughly assessed by experts for signs of mold growth. That’s where we come in! SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike is here to help with all of your water damage questions. Call today! 216-464-4498.

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