Three Ways Mold Could Sneak Into Your Home Along With Water Damage

Posted on: 27 January 2017

Hidden mold does nobody any good, and it can actually cause all kinds of problems for you and your family, including but not limited to health problems and irritation, damage to the structure of your home and any materials it grows on, extensive repair costs, and even decreasing the value of the home itself should you ever want to sell. So it's a good idea to check occasionally and make sure mold hasn't somehow snuck its way into your home (though not your heart). Here are three ways you should be aware of that mold can sneak in with minor water damage that you may not even have noticed yet.

1. Dripping faucet or pipes

If your kitchen faucet is dripping, you may or may not notice and repair it right away. It's easy for mold to form in an area that's kept moist from an occasional drip, but if you don't get that drip stopped within a few days, you may be unable to stop it from growing and spreading. But what if the pipe that's dripping is somewhere you won't see it? A leaky pipe inside your walls, especially one that's dripping slowly enough that it doesn't cause obvious water damage at first and doesn't cause a drop in pressure, can be a sneaky way for your house to invite mold in. If you notice that you're having mold-irritation-like symptoms and/or smelling a musty smell but don't see mold anywhere in your house, you may need to start looking inside the walls.  

2. Condensation

Condensation frequently happens on toilets and sinks as well as on or around windows and doors that aren't adequately insulated. If enough condensation gathers, it can drip down onto some material that the mold will like to grow on, or it may simply keep the area right by the window nice and moist and humid so mold or mildew can grow right along the windowsill, maybe even in the cracks where you'll never see it. Water damage such as blistering paint and warping wood can also occur simply from excessively humid air even if the condensation doesn't drip.  

3. High humidity

Even if it doesn't collect in the form of condensation, excessively high humidity can still encourage mold. Humid air and a damp material to grow on are mold's favorite growing conditions, so wet air can carry mold spores to any damp item in your home (such as the damp towel from your shower this morning) and encourage them to grow right then and there. (Don't worry, it still takes a day or two for mold to get growing, so if you wash your towel daily or make sure it always dries thoroughly between uses you should be okay.)

These three examples show situations where mold can get a foothold through excess water in your home, meaning that you could need both water damage repair and also mold remediation. Some of these situations can be averted if you use dehumidifiers to keep the air in your home drier, use fans to keep air circulating across windows and under sinks, and check these areas regularly to make sure they aren't becoming too damp.

For more information, contact a mold remediation and water damage service like Minnesota  Disaster Restoration Services.


Preventing Mold Damage After A Flood

If you think that having your home flooded is bad, wait and see what happens if you don't quickly and effectively dry the place out. In improperly dried homes, the mold damage can be even more devastating than the water damage. And mold and mildew will start to grow right away, so you have to be on top of it right from the start. This blog is all about preventing mold and mildew from taking over your home after a flood. The bigger the flood it was, the bigger the job it is, but no matter how big it was, you can stop the mold. Find out how.