Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Lets Talk about MOLD
Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on.
- The key to mold control is moisture control.
- If mold is an issue in your home or business, you should clean up the mold promptly and resolve the water problem.
- It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on. You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.
Tips and techniques
Please note that mold may cause staining and cosmetic damage. It may not be possible to clean an item so that its original appearance is restored. SERVPRO is your professional remediator who is equipped to clean up the expanding mold problem that invades your home.
- Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible. Dry all items completely.
- Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely.
- Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be thrown away if they become moldy. Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be difficult or impossible to remove completely.
- Avoid exposing yourself or others to mold.
- Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces. Clean up the mold and dry the surfaces before painting. Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel.
- If you are unsure about how to clean an item, or if the item is expensive or of sentimental value, you may wish to consult a specialist. Specialists in furniture repair, restoration, painting, art restoration and conservation, carpet and rug cleaning, water damage, and fire or water restoration are at your fingertips. SERVPRO will clean and restore your home like the mold never happened.
Read more about mold in your home and the dangers at EPA.gov
Mold, OH My!
Linoleum floor that has mold growing through it due to a leak around the toilet.
Mold in the Bathroom
It's no surprise that bathrooms are the most moist and humid room in the house, because of this bathrooms are an environment that allow mold to thrive. When the surfaces in a bathroom are not cleaned or dried regularly, mildew begins to form. If it isn’t removed, it can develop into mold.
Signs of Mold Growth
Below are a few signs you might notice if you have mold growing in your bathroom.
The most obvious one—visible mold. Mold usually begins growing underneath surfaces. By the time you can see it, you probably have a severe problem.
You might notice a musty, earthy smell, in some cases, you may be able to smell mold and mildew before you can see it
- If you see ants in your bathroom, this may be a sign mold is growing beneath your floor tiles and decomposing your floorboards.
Common causes of Mold
- Excess moisture caused by lack of ventilation.
- Leaky pipes, sinks, or toilets.
- Materials such as rugs, paper products, wood, wallpaper, grout, drywall, and fabric which hold moisture.
How to Prevent Mold Growth
- Use your bathroom fan when you shower or bathe, and leave it on for 30 minutes after you are done.
- Household humidity levels need to stay below 50%; an air conditioner or dehumidifier can help.
- Use a mildew-resistant shower curtain, and wash or replace it frequently.
- Wash your bathroom rugs frequently.
How to Treat Mold
- Remove & replace any caulking or sealant that has mold growing on it.
- Clean your bathroom with mold-killing products, which can be bought at your local hardware store.
- Keep windows and doors open while cleaning to provide fresh air and help dry out the mold.
If you have notice you have a problem area 10 square feet or larger, or you see mold creeping into walls, insulation or under linoleum, you need a professional. These are signs of a much larger infestation and walls may need to be tore out. Tearing out walls can cause mold spores to be released into the rest of the house and ventilation system creating an even bigger problem.
If you have any concerns about mold growth any where in your home give us a call at SERVPRO® of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties. One of our trained and skilled remediation technicians will come out and help you through then entire process. We are "Always here to help."®
Is It Mildew or Mold?
Mold vs Mildew: The right side of the photo shows Mildew as a brown color; where as the Mold on the left side is much darker almost black.
Mildew and mold are fungi that come about as a result of unchecked moisture. Both types of fungi grow in a wide range of temperatures, some especially thrive at higher temperatures. Either of these types of fungi can cause damage in your home or business, as well as cause health concerns.
While mildew is considered to be "early-stage mold" that causes less damage to your home and your health, it should still be taken seriously. It’s important to remove mildew as quickly as possible in order to prevent adverse health effects and/or cosmetic damage to your home.
Mold on the other hand can cause minor to severe health issues. Things like the species, length of exposure, and whether or not a person has any pre-existing conditions, such as asthma or allergies determine the type of health issues mold can cause. If you are smelling an earthy, musty smell in your home or experiencing cold or flu like symptoms for an extended amount of time, mold may be the culprit, it’s important to get in touch with your doctor and contact a qualified mold remediation specialist; like SERVPRO.® Mold vs. Mildew: What to look for. Mold
Green, red, or black
Often confused for dirt
Facts About Mold
This shows the before and after of a mold remediation job.
- Mold spores can be found everywhere. Many molds are harmless, but the problem arises when the spores start growing in moist areas of your home.
- Mold can grow in as fast as 24-48 hours after a water damage event. Water damage remediation is critical to preventing mold growth after a water damage event.
- Mold thrives in moisture-prone areas, such as the bathroom or basement, but also in hidden areas behind walls or in crawlspaces and around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding.
- You should never paint over a mold-infested surface. Mold is able to eat through paint and reappear on the wall. Before applying a new coat of paint, you need to completely remove the mold and then use a mold-resistant type of paint.
- Many people believe bleach will get rid of mold in their home. The truth is that bleach kills live mold, but not mold spores. What’s more, removing mold with bleach and water can make mold regrow even faster.
- Most homeowners insurance policies cover mold damage only in certain situations. If mold arises after accidents like fire or sudden water issues, then mold remediation is often covered. However, you may not have coverage if the source of moisture that caused mold was due to neglected maintenance of the property.
Its always a good idea to call a professional if you suspect mold growth in your home. We have the proper skills, tools, and cleaning products to remediate the mold in your home.
If you believe you have found mold in your home or business give SERVPRO® of Bullitt & North Nelson Counties a call and one of our knowledgeable and experienced technicians will help walk you through the remediation process.
Myths and Facts Regarding Mold
Mold Growing on Kitchen Wall
There are many misconceptions when it comes to mold. Just mentioning mold causes homeowners to panic so it is important to have the correct facts.
One common misconception about mold is that Bleach will kill mold. most household bleach products only discolor the mold and are not recommended for drywall, wood, carpet, and ceiling tiles.
Another common myth about mold is that a small amount is nothing to worry about. While it is true there is always some mold everywhere chances are it has been growing for sometime and will require a mold professional to determine the situation.
An additional common myth is that mold is only found in homes that have experienced water damage. It is true that mold usually forms in places that have problems with flooding but all homes can potentially have a mold problem.
Finally the myth that mold remediation is easy to do on your own is not always the case. Sometimes it can be handled easily if the mold affects a vert small area. But it is best to call the professionals to make sure the mold issue has been resolved.
If you think there might be mold in your home give SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties a call at 502-904-0710.
Mold can cause major damage to your home
Mold around window frame
With the storms and rain showers in Kentucky there is potential for water damage to your home. Water can come into your home from leaky roofs, basement walls, windows and cracks in the foundation. Mold can quickly grow if you don't catch the water damage in time and allow water to sit. Mold tends to grow in areas like drywall around windows, carpeting, ceiling leaks, and bathroom grout. It can also be found around dishwashers, washing machines and bathroom tubs.
If you find water damage or mold damage call SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties. We are water and mold damage restoration experts who are available 24/7 for any size emergency. Contact us today at 502-904-0710 if you see mold growing in your Bullitt or Nelson County home.
Top 10 Helpful hints to prevent Mold in your home
Mold growing on kitchen wall
This spring season is approaching and SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties has helpful tips to prevent mold in your home.
1) Never leave your clothes sitting inside the washing machine.
2) It is best to limit the number of indoor plants because mold loves to grow in plant soil.
3) Use the exhaust fans in the bathrooms while taking a shower.
4) Turn off the humidifier if you see moisture beads on the window.
5) Put plastic over dirt in crawl spaces and keep them well ventilated.
6) Ventilate damp rooms and wipe shower doors and walls.
7) Wash bathroom tiles with mold-killing products.
8) Fix any leaks in the house.
9) In hot humid climates use dehumidifiers and air conditioners in basements where mold tends to grow.
Does Your Bullitt County home have a Mold problem?
Black Mold on Subfloor in Kitchen
If your home in Mt. Washington, Shepherdsville or Hillview has experienced water damage it can lead to developing a black mold problem. Mold can start growing in as little as 24 hours after water damage from a leak or flooding occurs.
While waiting for SERVPRO to arrive you can help prevent the spread of the mold by doing two things.
CUT OFF Water because mold loves excess moisture.
1) Turn off the water shutoff valve.
2) Dry the surface where the mold is mostly to spread.
3) Set up a dehumidifier in the unaffected parts of the home.
SHUT OFF the HVAC.
Shutting down air flow eliminates the travel of the mold spores that can cause new mold growth.
If you discover black mold in your home please call SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson County at 502-904-0710.
STEPS To Clean a Washing Machine contaminated with Mold
You may need to consult a mold remediation specialist.
When mold ends up in your washing machine the smell can soak into your clothing and never come out. Before getting rid of your washing machine, try these steps to eliminate the mold issues.
1) Scrub the mold away thoroughly until you see clean metal throughout the machine. Afterwards run an empty wash cycle.
2) Run a cycle of Water and Baking Soda and then another cycle with Vinegar into the detergent tray. These everyday products kill the mold and eliminate the foul odor.
3) The final step is to Bleach everything. bleach can be the final resort to removing the mold issue in your washing machine.
If you have tried these techniques and your machine still has that strong musty odor you may need to contact a Mold remediation specialist at SERVPRO. We can recommend solutions and expert techniques to save your washing machine and get your clothes smelling fresh and clean.
We Specialize in Mold Remediation
Mold takes over inside commercial property
In as little as 48 hours a mold issue can quickly spread through a business. You can tell mold is a threat to your safety when it grows and takes over a certain area of the building infrastructure.
Some amounts of mold spores are present in most environments. Materials found inside commercial buildings such as wood, insulation and drywall provide sources for mold to grow.
If there is a moisture problem inside the commercial building you need to be on the look out for these variables.
Odors that smell musty.
Evidence of past moisture problems.
SERVPRO of Bullitt & North Nelson Counties are specialists in Mold Damage. We have the experience and the advanced training that enables us to get your commercial property restored due to mold growth.
Protect your home from Mold invasion!
Mold on insulation and joist.
We can’t stress enough the importance of preparing properly to avoid damage to your home (as best as possible).
There is only one way to be ready a disaster; PREPARE!
Putting off that somewhat irritating chore of having your roof inspected regularly can end with mold damage to your home. Cleaning and inspecting your home regularly inside and out can minimize the possibility of mold growth. Another simple maintenance you can service your home with is insulation! Mold is a fungus and fungus thrive in moist and cold environments. Insulating properly can significantly change the outcome mold brings to your home.
- Look for Damage
And most importantly if you suspect there may be mold growing in your home don't wait to call SERVPRO of Bullitt & North Nelson Counties professionals in cleaning and restoration service.
Water damage and mold moved in! Yuck!
This image shows the mold growth in the bathroom floor.
Water damage can sneak into the very bones of you house and cause mold to grow right beneath your very nose.
This homeowner called SERVPRO of Bullitt & North Nelson Counties to help remove the mold that had moved in to their home uninvited. There was mold deep into the floor and walls of this home. Our trained professionals removed the infected areas and restored this home.
It is crucial to have moisture controlled within our homes. BUT what about the rooms in the house that have constant use of water? These rooms require so much more attention from homeowners as they are at higher risk to the growth of mold.
Inspecting your home once in a while can help you catch mold before it causes damage.
Don't worry if you find mold in your home, just pick up the phone and call SERVPRO of Bullitt & North Nelson Counties where, "We are always here to help."
We are available 24/7!
Cold, Dark & Damp Crawlspace
Mold in crawlspace.
Mold In Crawlspace
Do you ever think to talk a look under the house? Most don't! Take a look at this photo taken of a crawlspace in Shepherdsville that our team of professionals at SERVPRO of Bullitt and North Nelson Counties went in and cleaned up. Crawlspaces are great spaces that mold can grow in because of the cool, dark and damp conditions. Having mold in your home can cause some health issues so it is important to get it cleaned up asap.
Tips for Defending Against Mold
- Keep the humidity between 30 and 60 percent
- Correct any water leaks or standing water
- Inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks on a regular basis
- Respond to all water intrusions as soon as you notice them.
Dark substance growing on the Inside
The Darkness within begins to reveal itself
Take a look at this photo! This is no sci-fi clip, what you see here is a moldy nightmare. This homeowner in Panama City, FL had mold growing in the insulation, which eventually revealed itself through the drywall and outer areas. SERVPRO of Bullitt & North Nelson Counties begin removing the molded materials to dry out the structure and treat the affected areas. SERVPRO uses the latest technology in our cleaning products and equipment, so you can count on us to deliver the best. If you are needing any assistance call the professionals at SERVPRO of Bullitt & North Nelson Counties. We make it look, "Like it never even happened."
Mold Reduction Tips
- Properly maintain humidifiers.
- Correct any water leaks.
- Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials.
- Remove any standing water under cooling coils, air units, and certain appliances.
Unknown Water Leak causes Major Damage
Hidden Leak Causes Major Damage
Hidden Mold in Louisville, KY
This homeowner in Louisville, KY was shocked to discover mold and rot under their cabinets, due to an unknown leak. A water pipe had busted behind the cabinets and ran continually, until the damage had become visible. Notice in the photo all the damage that was revealed once the cabinets were removed. SERVPRO of Bullitt & North Nelson Counties quickly assessed the situation and began removing the rotted and molded materials. Unfortunately, leaks like this one can cause major damage and all of the materials seen here had to be replaced. Remember to randomly check under cabinets, around water heaters, and in any area that can be overlooked easily.
We are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Here at SERVPRO of Bullitt & North Nelson Counties we are, "Always here to help."
Wet Clothes cause Mold Growth
More Laundry Woes
Mold in Mt. Washington, KY Home
This homeowner found a nasty surprise in the laundry room, when wet clothes caused Mold Growth along the baseboards and wall. Notice in the photo how mold spreads in all directions. Remember when dealing with mold, it is imperative that you call in the experts. SERVPRO of Bullitt & North Nelson Counties wants to ensure all of our customers that when you call us, top of the line treatment, remediation, and precautions are made.
SERVPRO is of one of the top industries when dealing with mold. Our equipment and chemicals are specially designed by highly trained professionals to treat and prevent mold growth.
If you should need any assistance call the experts at SERVPRO of Bullitt & North Nelson Counties.
Restaurant's with Hidden Secrets
Hidden Mold will Grow
These business owners in Mt. Washington, KY were astonished to discover a Mold Nightmare, when fixing a water leak. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties worked hard with these business owners, trying to get the place up and running, as soon as possible. Removing the badly damaged materials, running Air Scrubbers, along with Dehumidifiers, and Air Movers, were the first steps to making this disaster look, "Like it never even happened."
Always make sure and check hidden spaces within your home or business to ensure no leaks, mold, or hazardous conditions are going unnoticed. Catching a leak early, greatly reduces the possibility of Mold damage. Should you need an expert opinion about questionable areas in your home or business, call the experts at SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties.
Mold in Bardstown, KY
Insulation Mold Barrier
Mobile Home full of Mold in Bardstown, KY
This homeowner in Bardstown, KY was dealing with respiratory problems and other minor irritations, when she decided to investigate the case. She was surprised to learn that Mold was the corporate. A leaking water heater, that had gone unnoticed caused mold to cover the walls, insulation, and flooring. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties got started on the job right away, so that she could return home as quick as possible. Notice in the photo the mold creeping throughout the insulation. This mobile home had to go under some major demolition to remove the unsalvageable material and to create a safe, clean, mold-free environment. Remember here at SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties, we are, "Always here to help."
Guest Room full of Mold in Louisville, KY
Mold in Guest Room
Mold in Guest Room
This homeowner in Louisville, KY rarely went into the guest room of their house. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties arrived quickly to the scene and began inspecting the home for Mold. Notice in the photo the leak from the ceiling destroyed the mattress and caused Mold growth. It is always important to randomly check the areas of your home that are not used often. If a water leak is found early, the chances of Mold growth are reduced greatly. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties wants everyone in our community to know that, "We are always here to help."
Tips for Mold Treatment and Prevention
- Always fix water leaks.
- Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units.
- Replace any saturated material, such as insulation, carpet, and drywall.
- Use Dehumidifiers.
Mold in Louisville, KY Home Grows out of Control
Mold Grows Wild
This new homeowner in Louisville, KY was thrilled to buy an older home to renovate and restore back to its former glory. However, as the renovation begin it became clear that Mold was going to be a major issue. Take a look at this photo. Notice the Mold growth on the ceiling joist. As the ceiling and walls came down, more Mold began to be exposed. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counites quickly arrived on the scene to help this homeowner with the Mold Remediation process.
Mold Treatment Plan for Home in Louisville, KY
- Cleaning the Floor Joist and Walls with Peroxide Wash.
- Sealing the Salvageable Wood.
- Running HEPA Air Scrubbers
- Removing and Replacing all Non-Salvageable Material with New.
- Air Quality Testing
Molded Doorway in Lebanon Junction, KY
This Molded Doorway was discovered when a pipe busted and the flooring had to be removed.
Soggy Doorway in Lebanon Junction, KY.
Doorways are the grand entrance for every home and most homeowners take great pride in the first impression their guests will see. From beautiful stain glass to intricately carved wood, doorways are there to impress. However, this homeowner in Lebanon Junction, KY discovered a very undesirable entry way, when a busted pipe revealed a molded and rotted entrance. Notice in the picture how the rotted wood seems to hide under the door frame. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties worked hard to help this homeowner dry out and repair the flooring to make it look, "Like it never even happened."
Tips for Installing Flooring around Doorways.
- Always make sure the thickness of the flooring is even to prevent any toe catches.
- Use strips of wood or other material to prevent unleveled ground.
- Use a jigsaw to make precise grooves when lining up entry ways.
- Try to use a more water resistant material around entry ways that connect to the outside elements.
If you are someone you know need any assistance with Water & Fire Restoration, Cleaning, or Mold Remediation, just give us call.
SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties
10758 Hwy. 44 E
Mount Washington, KY 40047
Old House in Louisville, KY Full of Unwanted Surprises
The Rapid spread of Mold in the Woodwork of this Old House.
Keeping the Character of an Old House can be a Challenge.
When buying this Old Home in Louisville, KY dealing with a Mold Infestation, was probably not on the budget for this homeowner. However, as the renovation began, Mold transformed the once beautiful property into a nightmare. Nearly every wall, ceiling, door, and floor was covered with Mold Spores, turning this renovation into more of a demolition. Notice in the photo that even after the old walls were removed, Mold can still be seen throughout the wood work.
How to Treat and Prevent Mold.
- Correct any Water leaks or standing Water.
- Use an Antimicrobial Cleaner to sanitize and kill the Mold.
- Mold loves moisture, avoid steam cleaning and other methods with moisture when cleaning duct work.
- Use Dehumidifiers and Install good Ventilation Systems to avoid moisture.
Many studies have been done on the health concerns and risks caused by Mold. Be sure to make the proper contacts when dealing with Mold problems or concerns. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties strives to be the leading Mold, Water, and Fire Restoration Company. If you have any concerns in the following areas just give us a call. "We are always here to help."
SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties
10758 Hwy 44 E
Mt. Washington, KY 40047
Where to Test for Black Mold in Your Home
Where to Test for Black Mold in Your Home
Black mold is one of the worst fears you might have as a homeowner. Toxic black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) grows in common household features such as carpet, drywall, insulation, and sub-flooring. It grows when these household materials have been in contact with moisture. As it grows, it releases spores into the air. These spores can be harmful to humans.
Where to Test for Black Mold
Testing for mold is essential, and you should have a dwelling inspected for black mold before you buy it or sign a lease. If you suspect there may be black mold in your home, or you have never had your home tested, contact SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties for professional mold remediation services in the Bardstown, Springfield, and Bullitt County area. While many aspects of home-ownership can be handled in a D.I.Y. fashion, black mold is not something to be messed around with.
Black mold loves to live on the carpet. Dust collects in carpet fibers and those same fibers trap the humidity and dampness that enables mold to grow. Carpets in below-ground levels are especially susceptible to mold as there is more humidity there.
Carpet mold is often not visible from the surface, except in severe cases, which makes testing for it necessary even if you don't see any evidence.
Air Conditioning and Heating Vents
Air conditioning and heating vents actually create ideal conditions for black mold to grow. Dual-purpose vents that both heat and cool your house raise that risk as they are in constant use.
When you have mold in your air vents, those spores are being circulated throughout your home. The sooner you can perform mold remediation procedures, the better. SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties has a 24-hour mold emergency service hotline to quickly begin the process of cleaning your air vents.
Mold is unfortunately common in drywall, as it traps humidity. This is especially common as the seasons change from winter into spring. Because of the nature of it, mold in drywall is rarely visible except in severe cases. For this reason, it's imperative to have a potential home be tested for mold in the walls before you sign a lease or put down a deposit.
If you suspect mold damage, call the specialists of SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties at 502-904-0710.
Foul Musky Smell - Could be Mold
Have you ever come across a foul, musky smell in your home or business and had no idea where it was coming from? It's possible this odor could be because of water damage, and water that is not dried up in your home aids mold growth. Mold has the potential to be dangerous to your health, so if your home has a musky smell, call the professionals of SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties to clean it up! Our crew has vast experience dealing with mold remediation, and we are happy to help restore any type of mold infestation in your home or business. You should always leave it to the specialists if you find mold in your home. SERVPRO will completely eliminate the mold and make it look "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties for mold remediation. 502-904-0710
How to Prevent Crawl Space Mold
How to Prevent Crawl Space Mold
Crawl spaces are prone to mold growth due to the high levels of moisture and humidity in these areas. Some of the most common causes of increased levels of humidity in the crawl space include water leaks, damaged insulation, and inadequate ventilation. To get rid of a mold problem in the crawl space, you have to control the moisture and humidity levels. Here are some tips to help you do so:
- Check for water leaks in the foundation walls and crawl space ceiling — make sure there are no cracks that allow water to leak inside the crawl space. While checking for cracks, be sure to also inspect the HVAC ducts and plumbing components for leaks.
- Ensure that the gutters and downspouts direct water away from your home’s foundation. Water that flows toward your house could enter your crawl space and basement.
- Make sure your crawl space is properly ventilated — for every 150 square feet of crawl space area, there should be 1 square foot of ventilation. However, consult a professional to determine if you should keep the crawl space vents closed and, if so, find other ways to control the humidity in the crawl space.
- Use plastic sheeting covers to insulate/encapsulate the crawl space floor and foundation walls. Vapor barriers like plastic sheeting covers trap the moisture that is evaporating from the soil and walls.
- If your crawl space is already insulated, inspect the insulation once or twice a year. Make sure the insulation is not missing or sagging, which indicates that there could be a water problem.
- Make sure dryer vents always discharge to the outside and not into the crawl space, attic or other area of the house. If they don’t, this can lead to a major increase in humidity.
Follow the above tips and the relative humidity in your crawl space should reach the desired level of 30 to 50 percent. Mold will easily grow if the humidity is above 70 percent. For Mold Remediation and Water Damage repair, contact SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties. 502-904-0710
Common Moisture Problems That Can Lead To Mold
Why does mold grow?
Any discussion about mold cleanup should start with understanding why mold begins to grow in the first place. Customers with a mold damage problem are always surprised to learn that toxic mold spores are present not just in their home, but every home, and in fact almost every environment. It’s a naturally occurring element and in low levels is completely safe to humans and pets and your home in general. So when does it become a problem? When too much moisture is introduced in the organic surfaces mold feeds on to grow. Things like drywall, insulation, wood, cabinets, etc. become mold’s food source when mixed with water and the right temperature. While there are many strains of toxic mold, most thrive in temperatures ranging from 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’ll notice, the average temperature in home’s ideal to our own comfort sits squarely within that range. So when it comes to mold growth, 2 things are always present: the right temperature and food. It’s when you introduce that 3rd element, water, that problems can quickly grow out of hand!
Most common moisture problems that lead to mold
If your home suffered a massive water damage event, you’re obviously going to know about it and hopefully you’re going to hire a competent water damage restoration company to fix it (hint hint, that’s us!). So the likelihood of that event unleashing a chain reaction that leads to a big mold problem is small assuming you have the moisture removed quickly. The real big mold jobs we see are from much smaller, long-term moisture problems that just never went diagnosed. Below are some of the most common persistent water damage problems we see that can result in a massive amount of black mold damage.
Leaks under sinks
Whether it’s from a supply line with a loose connection or a drain pipe that has a small hole, slow leaks under seats (or any other sink for that matter) can go unnoticed for some time because your cabinets can hide the problem. It’s always a good idea to check under your sink cabinets to look for any signs of moisture or musty odors. If you detect a problem, it may be a good idea to have a professional come out and inspect things further. In some cases the problem is isolated and will be something you can handle on your own. But in some cases, the visible signs are only the tip of the iceberg. You’d be shocked what we have seen on and in walls and under flooring after pulling out cabinets!
Small roof leaks
In some instances, the symptoms of a significant roof leak are discovered pretty quickly. Usually you see discoloration in the top floor’s ceiling or worse, it collapses entirely. But in other cases when you have a very small leak, the problem can go undetected for quite some time and never result in water damage you can see from inside the home. It’s usually discovered when someone goes up into the attic for some unrelated reason and sees the problem: mold growth everywhere. On the roof decking, insulation, support beams, you name it. At that point, you’ve got an expensive problem on your hands and your insurance company likely isn’t going to pay for the damages.
The best way to prevent this particular mold problem from occurring is to perform both an exterior as well as interior inspection at least once a year. For the exterior, actually walk the roof of your home (if it’s safe) to look for damaged or missing shingles. Replacing them is easy! For the inside, climb up to your attic and inspect the roof decking for signs of water intrusion.
Pipe leaks inside walls
A lot of times we are called to a home to do a mold inspection because a homeowner noticed a small patch of mold growing on the floor next to a wall. When we dig further, we usually discover there is a plumbing pipe housed in that wall that is slowly leaking and depositing water on the floor inside the wall cavity. Once we start to remove the drywall, often times we discover the problem is much larger than just the small visible spot on the floor. Usually the mold has traveled throughout the wall cavity and inside the subfloor. The damage can be extensive and the costs high.
You obviously can’t go tearing out sections of your walls often to figure out if you have a problem, so what can you do? The main thing you should be doing is watching your water bill. If you notice a spike and can’t determine a cause for that spike, you may have an undetected leak. At that point, you may want to hire a leak detection company to come out and perform an inspection to determine if you have a bigger problem you need to deal with. They’re better equipped at finding the problem, at which point we would come in and remove the excess moisture and black mold as well as repair any surfaces or structures that were torn out during the process!
Mold In Your Home? Call SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties 502-904-0710.