How Does Water Damage Lead to Mold Growth in Dayton?
At SERVPRO, we care about your health and well-being. It’s no small matter when water damage occurs in a Dayton property. No matter the source whether a storm, leak, or natural disaster, water damage leaves a lasting impression on the areas it touches. This is why it is important to know how to clean your how after water damage. When water damage is not handled by restoration professionals it can leave more costly damages that require full demolition.
How water damage impacts
Water is excellent at finding its way into any and all possible places it can fit from the walls to the carpet to the foundation itself. If water is not properly cleaned up and dried out it can leave behind a foundation for other problems, and one, in particular, is black mold growth.
What is black mold?
Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold. Like many types of mold growth, black mold produces allergens and irritants. It is important that any homeowner or property manager treats any mold in their property with caution. Most importantly when mold is visible it is important to stay out of affected areas until a mold professional comes to assess the damage.
Steps to Avoid Mold Growth
- Controlling the amount of moisture throughout your property includes keeping areas dry and not allowing moisture to sit for long amounts of time.
- Clean up spills on the floor, clean out your gutters, and keep air conditioning drip pans clean.
- If there are generally more moist areas in your Dayton home or business than others, you can also use things such as a dehumidifier to remove the moisture from the air effectively.
Understanding mold growth helps to prevent it. A large cause of mold in the first place is not properly repairing, cleaning, and drying out space after water gets into it. This can include things such as plumbing or roofing leaks. Just because the leak has been stopped doesn’t mean that pooled water has cleared. It is best after any water damage to have a professional come and inspect and properly dry out your home to ensure no mold can develop and spread.