One of the more dangerous things that can happen to a homeowner is to experience water damage.
Whether caused by heavy rains, a failed sump pump or an undetected leaking pipe, water damage is quite simply, devastating.
It compromises the very structural integrity of your home, in addition to causing permanent damage or loss of personal items.
If not cleaned and dried quickly, mold and wood rot sets in and causes even more extensive damage.
The Dangers of Mold Due to Water Damage
If water damage is not completely dried and cleaned, mold can set in within days.
The deceiving part of DIY drying and cleaning after water damage is that areas that appear to be clean and dry are really not.
Interior and exterior walls and flooring are capable of retaining moisture inside even though appearing outwardly dry.
It takes a professional mold remediation company to be able to spot these hidden areas and make sure everything is completely dry.
Mold grows quickly under damp conditions. Once mold takes over, it produces mold spores and when disturbed, these mold spores become airborne and spread to other areas throughout your home.
When mold spores become airborne, they are easily inhaled and spell disaster for anyone suffering from compromised immune systems, asthma, allergies, or other lung afflictions.
The Dangers of Wood Rot Due to Water Damage
Wood rot is what happens when mold and mildew settle into any wooden structure or surface.
Over time, mold grows and eats away at moist, water-soaked wood. As mold grows and eats away at more of the wood, it causes serious and expensive structural damage to your home.
When wood rot sets in, nothing short of replacing the rotted wood and calling in a professional mold remediation team can fix the problem.
Wood rot commonly shows up in interior and exterior walls, attics, basements and crawlspaces.
Other than flooding, an undetected water leak through cracks in the foundation, clogged gutters, holes in the roof or uninsulated/unprotected concrete or dirt crawlspace floors are prime spots for the formation of mold and wood rot.
Preventing Mold and Wood Rot
The best way to prevent mold and wood rot damage is to find and nip water problems in the bud before they turn into bigger, more expensive and dangerous structural issues.
- If you notice a musty odor in certain areas of your home, there is mold growing somewhere in the area.
- Pay close attention to and immediately repair any leaks, drips, cracks or clogged gutters and downspouts.
- Check crawlspaces and watch for wood damage or moist, damp conditions.
- Use treated wood or completely seal any structural repairs or remodeling projects requiring wood.
At the end of the day, these are serious issues best handled by professionals.
For inspection, repair and restoration, call in the professionals at RCS. Let our years of experience work for you to fix the structural and eliminate the health risks that come along with mold and wood rot due to water damage.