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The Relationship Between Water Damage & Mold in Dallas

4/4/2015 (Permalink)

Mold grows in moist and dark environments.

The relation between water damage and mold

Dallas Water damage and mold can cause substantial issues in a home and serve to be costly—in reparation and recovering other damaged items. Mold and mildew can begin growing in the home as early as 24 hours after water is allowed to collect. Removing water is essential to avoid water damage, mold and mildew. Hiring a trained professional to handle cleanup, repair and restoration is essential to the safety of the home’s occupants and safeguarding the home’s structural integrity. However, it is wise to avoid flooding from occurring. Where there is water damage, there will most likely be mold.  

Water damage and mold in Dallas share a common cause. The damage caused by water, alone, does not cause mold, but water that remains on and in any surface, which causes water damage, will also cause mold. This is why where there is water damage, mold can often be found as well. Mold grows in moist and dark environments. Mold spores fly throughout the air. When they find a suitable environment to grow, they make their home there. Water seeps into all sorts of surfaces. Surfaces that are more porous tend to receive the most amount of damage and harbor mold. In addition, water-damaged areas create a more suitable environment for mold to grow because these areas can flare out, warp and swell. It is wise to open up windows, use fans, and try to get natural sunlight in the home to properly ventilate the home to kill mold. However, for extensive water damage, a professional is needed for remediation.  

Mold grows quickly. If water is left for more than 24 hours, it is likely that mold has begun growing. Considering that thoroughly drying surfaces takes time, it’s essential to remove water immediately. The longer water is allowed to remain, the more damage and mold one can expect to have. In addition to the problematic nature of mold removal, mold can, and often, returns. A dehumidifier can help to keep the air in the home dryer. This is wise for regions that experience more humidity in the air. Proper and thorough mold removal requires the use of industrial equipment, cleaning methods and solutions. Instance, industrial-grade dehumidifiers and ozone generators are the best remedies for mold and water damage.  

Mold can spread throughout the home rather quickly. There are some instances where mold can remain hidden to the naked eye. In such instances, mold will continue to grow. Many people think that mold is just unsightly or dirty. However, it can cause health effects. Mold can grow as quickly as 48 hours after water is allowed to collect.  

Because Dallas water damage and mold are related, the best way to avoid mold growth is to immediately remove water from the premises. Water removal is not an easy task. It takes a trained professional to identify the issue of flooding. Otherwise, it can pose a problem in the future with additional water damage and mold. At-home methods for water removal are insufficient and will result in further damage. Contact a professional water damage restoration company immediately in the event of flooding.

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If you suspect that your Dallas home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation. Call us at (972) 227-0800 for help.

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