Water Damage & Mold Growth
Standing water or excess water in the home – whether because of flooding, a burst pipe, or a leaky roof – always causes a huge headache. It can jeopardize your home or property’s safety. And as if the water damage is not enough, mold quickly begins to sprout inside the property, increasing the damage and making the restoration process longer, more difficult, and more pricey.
How Fast Can Mold Spread?
As soon as water damage takes over, expect mold to sprout easily given that mold spores exist everywhere in the environment. Mold can start developing as soon as the right conditions – organic “food” and moisture – are present. With only a few inches of standing water, mold growth will be inevitable in just a matter of hours.
Conditions for Mold Growth
If you are reading this, then by now you already got an idea of the typical conditions where mold grows. But, let’s elaborate further on these conditions.
A food source.
Mold thrives in a carbon-based material that it can latch onto and consume for energy. Some examples of these carbon-based materials are cotton, wood, drywall, and a whole variety of other commonly-found materials throughout your home. That means your flooring, your walls, your furniture, your window treatments, and even just plain paper found throughout your home could become a great source of food. Some would be your food itself. If left in a moist place or container for too long, you will notice that green/black speck. Yes, that’s mold!
A moisture source.
Although mold and its spores are everywhere, active mold growth requires moisture. Water damage in your property can be a source of mold growth. So, don’t wait until it gets worse. When you notice any standing water or something leaking, water removal in Saluda would be the best solution.
Mold hates sunlight. When hit by direct sunlight, the UV rays from the sun kill mold spores. That’s why mold thrives in dark spaces in your home such as the basement, attic, and cupboards. Make sure you keep these places well-ventilated and dry.
Health Risks of Mold Growth
Molds produce allergens and irritants. Allergens are substances that can cause allergic reactions. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include:
- Hay fever-type symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash)
- Breathing Difficulties
- Skin irritation
- Other Allergic reactions
- Aggravation of asthma symptoms
Mold Remediation Process
Once mold infestation has started, you don’t have a choice but to call for a mold damage repair in Saluda. Another solution to remove mold is mold damage restoration in Saluda. Without knowing the extent of the mold, DIY removal can be dangerous and lead to many costly mistakes such as disturbing colonies or not removing all spores. Experienced mold remediation companies are better equipped to ensure a seamless removal of mold.
ServiceMaster of the Upstate is licensed, insured, and thorough to guarantee the proper mold removal and mold remediation. Not only this, but we have the proper equipment and training at their fingertips to ensure that the mold is removed and stays away without cross-contamination. We can also extract water, dry carpets, walls, and structure. Our claims team will handle the insurance claim from start to finish and update all parties involved. You can be sure there will be no surprises in this process.