Damp, dark, humid, and warm settings are the best conditions for mold. Mold growth typically occurs in areas of high moisture, but does water damage itself lead to mold? The short answer is yes. Water damage can encourage mold growth unless it’s treated properly.
If your home or office has suffered water damage or leaks, you might have mold growing where you can’t see it. MoldGone offers free inspections that can help determine the location, cause, and extent of any mold growing in your home or office space.
Mold and Water Damage
If your home, building, or office suffers water damage, mold can start growing within as little as 24 hours. Unless the water damage is dealt with in an effective manner, the mold will not only start growing but continue to grow and spread.
Causes of mold from water damage include:
- Sewage back-up from flooding in the area
- Plumbing or roof leaks
- Damp basements or crawl spaces
- Overflows from sinks or bathtub
- High humidity from showers, steam cooking, dryer vents, and humidifiers
The conditions necessary for mold growth are present in most homes and offices. Any excess moisture or water damage can trigger mold growth in a very short time. Mold is very common in bathrooms, basements, kitchens, any other places that moisture is allowed to build up.
How to Prevent Mold After Water Damage
Certain materials like wood, drywall, and carpeting are more prone to water damage than other, non-porous materials. You may need to remove water damaged wood, drywall, insulation, or textiles in order to prevent further mold growth.Repairing and repainting damaged walls with a binding agent will keep mold from growing.
The key to repairing leaks is making sure that the damaged area is repaired and sealed so that no more water can seep through. If you are unable to make the repairs yourself, call a professional as soon as you notice that there is an issue. Mold grows quickly, and the only way to prevent mold completely is to prevent excess moisture from entering the building.
Mold Removal in Maricopa County
MoldGone uses a patented dry fog technology that is fast-acting and safe for your pets as well as your belongings. The dry fog condenses two purifying agents, InstaPURE and EverPURE, into a mist that can reach and penetrate any affected surfaces including carpet, wood, and fabric. If you suspect the presence of mold in your Maricopa County home or office, contact us today to schedule a free inspection.