Slow Motion Water Damage

December 22, 2023 Uncategorized

Article by David Selter

Even though in Texas the term water damage is immediately associated with rising flood waters, the slow silent leak can cause severe damage to your home by the time it’s discovered. Because they can go unnoticed for so long, such leaks can result in serious mold problems in addition to considerable structural damage. And improperly drying out such damage can multiply your mold problem by spreading it to other areas of your home, including your air conditioner and the ac air ducts.

That’s why when you have this type of problem, it’s time to call in a professional restoration company. However it is vital to make sure the company you choose is experienced in, and licensed to deal with mold, and is not just a drying company. You need a company that understands how to test for the extent of the mold contamination, and how to contain it to prevent further spread while it’s being removed and the area is being dried. The proper testing equipment will show how far the mold and mold spores have spread to determine what needs to be cleaned and disinfected, such as other drywall, trim, and ac air ducts. The proper containment maintained under negative air pressure will prevent any further spread of mold from the source while the contaminated materials are being removed. And if the company is state licensed for mold assessment, they can perform clearance testing and provide you with a Mold Certificate certifying that the mold problem has been resolved.

So when dealing with such a water problem, it’s important to: determine the extent of the water and mold damage, isolate that damage, prevent the spread of the mold during removal, and test to make sure you got all of the mold. Just setting up dehumidifiers and air movers will spread the mold and mold spores throughout your home and cause much more serious health issues and costly remediation in the long run.