Mold is a type of fungi that feed on organic material. Mold spores are everywhere, both inside and outside our homes, but they only create a problem when the right conditions are present for mold to grow. Mold can damage the material on which it is feeding and growing, and can also cause health concerns, especially for sensitive populations.
Mold requires the following conditions to grow:
Given these conditions, it’s easy to see why mold can be a real problem for many homeowners. If you suspect mold or can see it in your home, it is important to remove it as soon as possible to prevent it from spreading and causing more damage.
Your property is especially susceptible to mold after water damage, as excessive moisture and humidity encourage mold growth. Your risk of developing mold increases exponentially after water has been present for 24-48 hours, so quickly addressing water damage is crucial if you want to prevent mold growth.
The affected area must be dried quickly and thoroughly to avoid a mold problem later on. The following steps can help you understand what to do after water damage, and how you can best reduce your risk of developing mold.
First, call your insurance broker or agent and report the water damage. Plan to discuss your plan’s coverage and specific information about the water damage incident.
Don’t delay hiring a certified company to handle restoration and cleanup after water damage. The sooner water damage cleanup can begin, the lower your risk is of developing mold. Swift Restoration & Cleaning is certified and trained in water damage restoration and mold remediation, and will respond quickly to any emergency. If cleanup is delayed and mold begins to grow, cleanup costs will increase significantly, losses will increase, and it will take longer to restore your property.
When Swift Restoration & Cleaning responds to your property, we will take the following actions to begin drying and cleaning up from the water damage:
If you already have mold, or suspect mold growth, Swift Restoration & Cleaning can safely remove the mold and prevent it from spreading to other areas of your property. Mold growth is not uncommon in areas with excessive moisture, areas that have suffered water damage, or when you may have water damage that is not immediately apparent, such as from a slow leaking pipe.
Mold requires careful removal to prevent disturbing the mold spores and to reduce mold exposure to you and your family. Here are some things we do:
Mold is not always visible, and it is possible you may have a mold problem without actually being able to see it. If you suspect mold growth or if you’ve experienced water damage recently that was not dried in 24-48 hours, Swift Restoration & Cleaning can provide a mold inspection to locate areas of mold growth. It is possible for mold to be growing behind wallpaper, in wall cavities, on basement subfloors, in crawl spaces, and under wall-t0-wall carpeting.
The best way to prevent mold growth is to address water damage as soon as possible. If your home or business has water damage or if you suspect mold growth, call us today.