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The Basics of Secondary Damage

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Drainage system under sink leaking Mold needs a water source to grow, whether it be a leak under the sink or a high humidity level in the air

Having water damage in your home in Seatac,WA, is bad enough. Finding out you have a black mold issue is worse. Preventing such problems requires timely professional water remediation. If you fail to do so, your cleanup process only gets more complicated.

What Is Mold?

The presence of mold in your home is inevitable. Mold spores enter your home by hitching a ride on several surfaces:

  • Hair
  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Bags
  • Pets

Mold spores in the air are usually nothing to worry about. They only become problematic when the right conditions exist for them to land on surfaces and grow.

What Does Mold Need To Grow?

Like most organisms, fungus needs food and water to thrive. Mold can feast on any organic matter. This includes drywall, carpet fibers, wood and fabric. It also needs a water source, whether it be a leak under the sink or a high humidity level in the air. If those two factors are present, it only takes 24-48 hours for mold to start to grow.

How Do You Detect Mold?

Black mold has a distinct odor. It's telltale musty scent is hard to ignore. Even if you don't see the slimy black or green mold growing on a surface, the smell alone can tell you that you have a problem. To identify its exact location, however, you need to have your home tested by a professional environmental hygienist.

How Do You Get Rid of Mold?

Secondary damage such as mold requires professional mitigation. Experts can get rid of fungus that is trapped under the surface or advise you on which materials are too damaged to be salvaged. They can then tear out and dispose of ruined materials and items properly. Then they test to make sure the issue is resolved.
While prevention of black mold growth is ideal, there are still things you can do if you discover a mold problem in your home. Contact the professionals and trust their expertise.

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