When a home or business is damaged by water, the visual quality and structural integrity of the home or business can be severely compromised. In addition, we at All Dry know that mold, both seen and unseen, is one of the most significant factors in causing damage, which is why we are so committed to preventing it from occurring. One of the most important reasons to get water damage restoration as soon as possible is to prevent mold from growing and causing damage and health complications.
If a surface is exposed to water for a period of 24 hours or longer, mold can begin to grow. Several surfaces, including wooden products, roofing tiles, carpets, furniture, fabrics, plants, and other organic materials, can support the growth of mildew, which is an early stage of mold growth. In order to reproduce, mold produces spores that can travel through the air or touch, causing more damage in the process. Mold survives by eating organic matter and spreading to consume even more organic matter. To avoid structural damage, it is essential to hire a professional to remove mold from structural elements of your home or business.
CAUSES OF DAMAGE
If you have incurred extreme property water damage, there may be water damage and mold growth that you cannot see. It is likely that your home or business has incurred less obvious water damage if it has experienced flooding. It is also possible that your property was flooded by sewage backups. If you have sewage issues, make sure your property is inspected for water damage. Flooding or moisture in the roof of your home can also result from roof leaks. This can lead to mold growth and permanent damage, resulting in much more expensive repairs than catching it earlier. It is also important to address mold immediately if it appears in high humidity areas, like the kitchen or bathroom. Mold will continue to grow and appear until any water damage is corrected.
TYPES OF WATER DAMAGE
If your property has incurred water damage, it’s important to remember there are 3 kinds of water damage that are not equal.
- Clean Water: This is water that is not immediately dangerous and may have come from a broken water line, water supply line, or an overflowed sink. This case of water damage is typically considered less severe, but should still be treated hastily to prevent further damages.
- Gray Water: Water that comes from appliances like toilets and washing machines are considered gray water. These may be dangerous, as the water may have come in contact with contaminants.
- Black Water: This is the most extreme water damage, as the water poses serious health risks from sources like sewage, flood waters, and seawater.
TIME TO CALL ALL DRY
Regardless of the type of water damage, any water damage to your home or business can lead to permanent damage, so as soon as you notice mold or suspect water damage to your property, be sure to contact All Dry as soon as possible so that we can prevent permanent damage to your home or business.