According to the EPA, “Mold colonies can start to grow on a damp surface within 24 to 48 hours. Molds digest organic materials, eventually destroying the material they grow on, and then spread to destroy adjacent organic material.
During a flood cleanup, the indoor air quality in your home or office may appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long term health risks.”
Mold will continue to grow until steps are taken to eliminate the source of moisture, and effectively deal with any existing mold. If you notice a musty odor or see visible black or white specks along damp or moist walls or surfaces, you may have mold. Some mold may be invisible behind walls, but can still be active and cause damage as well as health problems. Even dry or dead mold can release toxins and cause health issues.
Mold may be hidden in places such as the back side of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top side of ceiling tiles, the underside of carpets and pads, etc. Other possible locations of hidden mold include areas inside walls around pipes (with leaking or condensing pipes), the surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms), inside ductwork, and in roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation).
If your home or business has had previous water damage that was not properly addressed, mold may be growing in your house.
Boulia Construction and Restoration has expertise in dealing with mold removal and mold remediation.
Our certified technicians, trained by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICR) and are skilled in:
- Identifying and stopping the leaks
- Removing damaged materials
- Using specialized equipment to identify hidden moisture
- Treating effected areas for mold