Water damage almost always leaves an unwelcome houseguest in its wake: mold. Even after water mitigation, mold can creep into damaged parts of your home, including the hidden spaces between walls, the padding under your carpet, and even your furniture’s upholstery. Even if you can’t see the mold, it may be lurking in the dark parts of your home. Still, it’s easy to ignore something you can’t see. What you can’t see can still hurt you, though. Mold causes respiratory problems and irritation, causing potentially life threatening risks for those with conditions like asthma. Your symptoms may not be from seasonal allergies. They may be from the mold spreading through your home.
Symptoms of Mold
If you have mold in your home, you may or may not show symptoms. Many people are allergic to mold, and they will experience symptoms well in advance of others. The threat is still present, however, even if you do not suffer any immediate effects. Common symptoms of mold include upper respiratory conditions associated with seasonal allergies, such as sneezing, stuffy nose, or congestion. Those symptoms can grow, however, into coughing and wheezing. This is particularly dangerous for those with other respiratory ailments, particularly asthma, which can be triggered by mold. If you have this condition, or other respiratory conditions, be sure to invest in mold remediation, even after water mitigation. Other frustrating by less life threatening symptoms include skin, throat, and eye irritation.
Where Does Mold Grow?
So long as there is moisture and a food source, mold will grow just about anywhere. It’s common around roof leaks, deteriorating windows, and damp basements. This isn’t a problem you only find in old or abandoned houses, however. Mold doesn’t need a hole in the roof to spread; a drip from a pipe works just as well. It could already be growing in your home. Mold loves drywall. Any home with past or present water damage could very well be hosting a lot of mold in between the studs. Mold also likes upholstery, so make sure your furniture is dried out properly and stored somewhere safe after flooding.
Cardboard boxes are another favorite food source, so you might want to upgrade your holiday decoration storage. Large, plastic bins are not on mold’s menu, and they’re relatively waterproof, which protects your belongings. Leaving cardboard boxes in your attic, basement, or garage is an open invitation to mold, and nobody likes a moldy wreath.
Mold may hide under wallpaper, or even under carpet. There’s a reason why you can rarely save carpets after water damage, and that reason is mold. It creeps inside, often using the carpet’s padding as a food source as it literally spreads underfoot.
Mold remediation is an essential service for any home that has suffered water damage. While water mediation can help prevent mold from spreading to additional areas, it’s almost impossible to prevent mold from entering a flooded home. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Take care of your home and your health. Always ask for mold remediation after a flood.