Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Water Damage

Floods, sewage backup, plumbing issues or a broken washing machine hose can mean water in your home where it shouldn’t be. Whatever the cause of water damage in your home, it’s important to take necessary steps to prevent further problems. Structural Damage Ignoring signs of water damage for too long can lead to structural damage to your home. Cracks in walls or foundation of your home can become bigger problems down the road. Health Problems Lingering water damage in your home can create the damp environment needed for mold to grow. Inhaling or touching mold spores can lead to health risks for you and your family. Mitigating water damage immediately is your best chance to prevent the growth of mold. Bad Odors Lasting water damage in your home can lead to musty odors, which can also be a sign of mold and mildew growth. Don’t just try to cover it up, address the damage to prevent further issues. Electrical Damage If you don’t address water damage in your home, it can lead to electrical damage which can be a threat to your home and your family. Increased Repair Costs Addressing water in your home right away can help keep damage to a minimum. Ignoring signs can lead to further damage which means higher repair costs in the future. Insurance Coverage Could Be Affected Home insurance can help you cover the costs of damage due to water in your home. If damage is neglected for too long, it can lead to difficulty when making a claim. Unseen Damage Water damage that you can see may be the least of your problems. It...

Common Causes of Mold in Homes

The microorganisms that turn into mold colonies are always in the air around us, so mold growth will start quickly—within 24 to 48 hours of water exposure. Mold will continue to grow if the moisture level is high. In buildings, mold is most fond of organic porous surfaces.  Heavy rain and flooding can bring water into your home, which can lead to water damage and even mold growth if not treated properly. Mitigating water damage immediately after a disaster is your best chance to prevent the growth of mold. Humid weather and heavy rain can cause increased humidity in your home. Good ventilation in your home can help keep humidity down and help prevent mold growth. Opening windows and doors and the use of fans will help ventilate your home when needed. Roof leaks can allow unwanted water to enter your home which can lead to the growth of mold. If water stains appear on your ceiling, inspect for water damage in your attic and have your roof inspected for any leaks. Leaking pipes can be a common issue in your home. Because leaks can often occur inside walls and often hidden from view, inspect walls for water stains to prevent further damage and mold growth. Condensation can occur when warm air collides with cold surfaces, or when there’s too much humidity in your home. Condensation can be visible on walls, concrete floors, windows, or metal pipes. Due to colder temperatures, poor ventilation, and water leaks or flooding, basements provide the conditions for mold to grow. Regularly inspect your basement for signs of moisture or mold growth. If you detect...