The best way to recover from a natural disaster is to hire a home restoration service. This is especially important if your property has sustained damage from flooding, fire, and storms. A professional service like ours can help to prevent any further damage, which means you spend less money on repairs
How to Handle Water and Mold Restoration Damage
How to Handle Water and Mold Restoration Damage
It’s pier pressure dealing with the outcomes of water damage. The biggest problem is that aside from the water issues you will find yourself submerged in, there is a long trail of consequences that will arise if you don’t get rid of it soon.
To put it simply, water damage and mold damage come hand in hand. Where there is mold, there sure is leakage or other water issues. And where there is water, there is sure to be mold if it’s not cleaned thoroughly and fast.
Regardless of whether it is a natural cause or there are some pipes leaking, hiring a good water and mold restoration damage company is key to keeping your home safe!
And here at Highland Construction and Restoration, we do just that!
But before hiring, understanding the problem is important. From causes to diagnosis and acting on time – here’s what to know about water damage.
What is Water Damage?
North Carolina is deemed to have more than a 26% chance to be affected by flooding in the next 30 years. And this only means that water damage is waiting to happen.
Water damage is just what the name suggests – any damage done by water. This water can come from various sources. It can be as a result of a natural cause like floods, or it can be a faulty or rusty pipe. In some cases, the human factor plays a role in causing this problem
What is Mold Damage?
On the other hand, there is mold damage. As mentioned, water damage is the biggest cause of mold. Namely, mold spores land on surfaces that are wet and use them to multiply. So, if you think that one small patch is nothing to worry about, think again!
Mold is not only bad for your walls, furniture, clothes, or other inanimate objects. The biggest concern around mold is the effect it has on people’s health.
How to Spot Water or Mold Damage?
Spotting the beginning of water or mold damage can be easy. These types of damage are visible and with time grow, thus making them noticeable to anyone. However, it’s not a rule set in stone that you’ll always manage to find them.
Here are some ways to easily spot water or mold damage:
- Dripping sounds
- Black patches on the walls or ceiling
- Damp areas
- Changes in the floor’s texture
- An unexpected and abrupt increase in your water bill
Moreover, if you live near water or have a pool, you might want to check the areas of your house that are around them.
Types of Water Damage
It might come as a surprise but there are a few types of water. The first type is clean water. This is mostly harmless and you can take care of it by yourself. It’s the water that comes from rain or leaky pipes.
The next type is gray water. It’s the water that comes from your dishwasher, clean toilets, etc. Although not harmful, it can have some contaminants, so it’s best to approach it carefully.
The final type is black water. This is the type of water you want to steer clear of. It’s the water derived from sewage or flooding and it’s usually filled with bacteria and other harmful contaminants. Hiring professionals to resolve the issue is your best option.
Types of Mold
There are many types of mold. But the most common ones you can find in your home are:
- Aspergillus – this is a common mold found in food and air conditioning systems.
- Cladosporium – it usually grows to the back of toilets, air ducts, or painted glass. Although it’s not toxic, it can still cause severe allergies and it’s best removed immediately.
- Stachybotrys atra – it’s better known as the black mold. Usually, this type of mold brings severe health problems. Many associate it with causing cancer, although there is no scientific research to back this up.
There are other mold types like the orange-yellow one which is not harmless, and white mold that is not quite classified as mold, for it represents the mold’s beginning stage
Risks of Untreated Water and Mold Damage
When talking about water and mold damage, the risks are various. They can go from minor ones like a burst pipe which would only dampen your floor to huge problems that would flood your whole house.
If water damage is not dealt with properly and promptly, you can end up with more issues on your hand than a few wet clothes or floors. For example, water damage is known to cause walls to crumble or worse – bring a whole house down.
Statistics show that water damages can increase the water bill by 10% and that 98% of basements in the US experience flooding.
On the other hand, you can also get mold. And that can cause allergies, respiratory problems, skin irritations, headaches, mood swings, and many other health-related problems.
How Long Does Restoration of Water and Mold Damage Take?
The process for water and mold restoration involves 3 phases. The first one is drying out the water in the whole area. This part usually takes a week or less.
The second part involves checking for mold. This is crucial for finding any mold damage that might exist as a result of the water damage. After this phase is done, the last one begins – restoration. This phase takes the longest, even up to a few months depending on the damage.
How to Get Rid of Water and Mold Damage
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