Water damage has the ability to damage a huge portion of your home extremely quickly. Because water is difficult to contain, it can sneak into even the smallest areas, including those you may not think about all that often. And when it does, the moisture can stay in place, causing mold and mildew to sprout, spread, creating unhealthy conditions in your home. To make matters more frustrating, few people may realize they have mold and mildew growing simply because they haven’t checked or considered a particular space.
While you might be able to easily spot mold and mildew in frequently-used or obvious areas, the problem is that mold and mildew also grow where it isn’t so obvious. These hidden colonies are often some of the most dangerous, as they tend to spread out of control and can become a massive removal project by the time you actually discover them. To help you better inspect your home and know where mold might hide, here are four areas that are prone to mold damage in the aftermath of flooding so you can know where to look or have professionally inspected.
Walls are not waterproof. While they may appear to be one, solid surface, drywall is actually a rather porous material that water can seep through pretty easily. Water also tends to soften and warp the mineral material that drywall is made from, and can even dissolve it if left long enough. What does all of this mean? It means that mold and mildew can form inside your walls. To make matters even more frustrating, inside your walls is a framework made of wood, and wood is a prime food source for mold growth. Thus, if your walls sustain serious water damage, there’s a good chance the inside of your walls is also wet, and thus the inside of your walls could very well also be impacted by mold and mildew damage. And this can happen in as little as a day or two in most cases.
Cabinets are typically built from wood, which, as we stated previously, is a great food source for mold. In fact, to make matters worse, most cabinets are actually built from particle board—a type of wood that is essentially composed of wood shavings mixed with epoxy and then formed into boards. This type of wood is both inexpensive, easy to produce, and can be remarkably strong, making it a great material to build cabinets out of. But on the downside, particleboard is extremely prone to mold infection, particularly when it gets wet. And that means even a small amount of sustained moisture can trigger the growth of a mold colony. The dripping from a loose drain, a worn-out water line, or even a small leaking pipe can all result in some serious water or mold damage, and that only gets worse in the event of a serious problem that causes significant flooding of this space. Be sure to pay particularly close attention to any flooded cabinets in the aftermath of water damage to your home.
In Air Vents
Air vents are one of those parts of an average home that are frequently forgotten about, and for good reason: they’re run through your walls, in the floor beneath your feet, and even above the ceiling over your head. The only visible evidence they exist are the registers that cover them. However, moisture and humidity can build up in these vents, particularly in the aftermath of water damage to your home, and that means these vents could be the source of mold growth. While most vents are made from metal, a non-carbon material that isn’t prone to sustaining mold, vents are rarely as empty and clean as you might think. They often contain dust and other debris that could be a great energy source, and the combination of humidity and protection from sunlight makes vents an ideal place for a colony to spread. On top of that, you may never even realize it’s there until it’s too late and you’re smelling mold around your home all day every day.
Flooring of almost any type is prone to sustaining mold colonies. Wood flooring, carpeting, and rugs have been known to get moldy when they remain wet for too long, and that’s why they need to be dried out as quickly as possible. If you can, lift carpeting up and increase the airflow through any rooms where your flooring has sustained serious water damage in order to prevent mold from forming.
If you have wood or laminate flooring, your job is going to be substantially more difficult, unfortunately. Wood or laminate flooring isn’t so easy to lift, and it can be downright impossible to dry out the material completely. While you should still increase airflow through the impacted space, there’s a good chance you might have to replace the flooring completely, as it might be destroyed by warping and mold growth on the underside.If your home has sustained serious water damage, seek professional help immediately from an experienced water damage restoration and mold remediation team. Make the call to FP Property Restoration by dialing (888) 408-2335 today.