Whether you came home to wet floors or woke up to them, a flooded home is not only an inconvenience, it’s a serious problem. Even clean water flooding poses serious health threats if not treated quickly and thoroughly.
The Number #1 Health Threat of Water Damage: Mold
No matter what type of water you have soaked into your carpets, flooring, drywall or ceilings the most important thing you can do to protect your home and your family is to mitigate the water and completely dry out the affected areas as soon as possible. Why? The dreaded black mold. But it’s not just black mold that poses threats to your home and your family’s health. Black mold just gets the most press.
No matter how clean and dry your home is, mold and fungal spores are always present. Unlike outdoor molds, indoors, mold needs moisture to grow. It’s not a problem until we introduce water. When the moisture level in your home gets to a certain level, it’s like Mardi-Gras for mold. Once this happens, it takes less only 24 to 48 hours for mold damage to begin, even for a small leak or flood. And the scary thing is, it may be a week or two before you see or smell it. That’s why it is imperative you thoroughly dry flooring, textiles, and furniture, and discard anything that can’t be dried and cleaned, like drywall and baseboards.
Why You Need Mold Remediation
If you see or smell mold or mildew, there’s a good chance you have a mold problem. Whether it’s a leaky pipe in the basement or a damp, unventilated crawlspace, cupboard or closet, it is essential you fix the problem- then remediate the mold. The health of your family and your home depend on it.
1.Your Family’s Health
Long-term exposure to dangerous mold levels is unsafe for everyone, especially black mold. Symptoms specific to black mold exposure include chronic upper respiratory infections, coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and possibly the development of asthma in young children.
2.Your Home’s Structure
Left untreated, mold eats away at organic materials. Meaning, over time, it will damage drywall, carpet, wooden studs in walls, ceiling tiles, floorboards and other structures in your home. Mold has even been known to lead to the collapse of ceilings.
Get Complete Mold Remediation from a Trusted Restoration Company
If you’ve experienced a flood, whether it’s a broken pipe, faulty plumbing, sewer backup, broken sump pump, storm or fire damage, call Service Master Restore.