From commercial complexes to single-family buildings, mold is a problem that often augments other issues of the building, from leaking HVAC systems to flooding caused by storms. Any source of water can potentially be a source of mold, and water damage brings a heightened chance with the “perfect storm” of water drenched materials that are often in hard-to-reach areas. Let’s go over some of the most common types of water damage and how mold can impact them.
Water Damage That Often Causes Mold
Mold thrives in places where it has access to water and can be overlooked by homeowners or businesses while it grows.
- Attic and Crawlspace Water Damage: Damage from storms and ice dams can cause roofing insulation or crawl spaces waterlogged. Especially in unfinished or inaccessible ceiling areas.
- Basement Flooding: After a basement floods, mold can thrive in both items damaged in the flood as well as the walls and floors. Porous materials, such as cardboard, are especially at risk.
- Broken Pipes: When water pipes break, either due to freezes or other damage, they can release water into the walls or floors. These, combined with leaks, give mold a place to grow.
- Malfunctioning Appliances: Certain appliances can also prove a home for home and cause water damage. For example, HVAC systems can cause moisture and water issues perfect for mold.
Diagnosing and Dealing with Mold
After water damage occurs, it’s important to monitor the area for signs of mold growth. Mold usually appears starting as discoloration or spots on surfaces and can grow to be velvety or hair-like. Mold can appear as many colors, such as green, blue, gray, black, yellow, or off-white. The smell is musty and unpleasant, similar to mildew. Learn more in our blog, How to Tell If You Have a Mold Problem.
Either as part of dealing with the water damage or after the mold has been detected, it’s important to get the mold removed. Small patches can be removed manually, but to contain the spores or for larger or more dangerous types of mold, you may need to bring in specialists who can contain the area and remove the mold safely.
Here at Fiber Control, Inc., we practice mold remediation and removal with the same attention to detail and rigorous safety we do for Asbestos and Lead RRP. If you need assistance with identifying and removing mold in your home or business in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or beyond, contact us today. Want to learn more about mold? Read more in our blog archives.