After sustaining water damage to your property, you need to know that your home or business now needs special attention – this is to avoid a mold catastrophe, and also to quickly alleviate the water damage issues. Mold spores are spread easily throughout the air, and mold spores are what produce the large infestations that you see sometimes occurring in homes. When these spores find the right conditions, such as moisture, nutrients, and a place to continue growth, they latch on and make themselves right at home.
Mold can damage the building materials of your home as well as your health. The longer that the mold sits without any action taking place, the greater the risk to your health and the harder the cleanup process will become. As soon as the floodwaters recede and it is safe to return to your property, make sure to hurry back and begin the cleanup and drying process.
Once you begin surveying the damage that has actually occurred, it would also be a good idea to begin taking photographs so that you can document the damage for insurance purposes. It is better to begin taking the initiative to do this yourself, as it will help speed the claims process along and can also help you get the accurate claim that you deserve. Unfortunately, most homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover mold damage or any costs associated with mold remediation.
There is a wide spectrum of different symptoms that people who are being affected by mold can experience. But, one thing is true amongst all types of mold exposure: it is unhealthy for anyone to be exposed to, and it can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. It also has the potential to suppress the immune system or have other health effects. Some strains of mold can produce mycotoxins, if certain conditions are present, which are even more harmful to the respiratory system. “Black” Mold is a widely used term in the industry, but it can be misleading since many types of mold are black in color.
As far as health concerns go, mold testing is usually not needed and isn’t useful in terms of health concerns. Some insurance companies and legal services may require you to have an IAQ test for documentation though. Professional mold remediation companies may also require this, but only to make sure that the mold is thoroughly gone after they have performed the mold remediation process.
The most efficient way to avoid the hazard of mold in your home following a flood event is to hire a licensed, trained, and reputable mold remediation company that has years of experience in the field. After a flood, it may be difficult to weed through many different contractors to find the right one. Another reason why mold remediation can be difficult is because since it isn’t generally covered by homeowners’ insurance, most homeowners have to front the bill themselves, leaving a hefty cleanup cost. This can be quite stressful because the cost of mold remediation can be very expensive, depending on the scope of the damage and the underlying issue that is causing the mold.
Even if you have a leaking pipe it has to be fixed before you can even touch the mold; if you do not correct the underlying issue before removing the fungus, it will just return at a later date.
The best way to avoid mold in the home is to keep your homes humidity at a consistent rate. If the humidity in the home is at a normal level, you can prevent any type of mold growth.