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Hidden Water Damage
During these hot, sweaty summer months, a lot of us cool down with our air conditioners. Just stick them in the wall, turn them on, and bam! Fresh, cold air starts to fill the home. But what about all the condensation from the back of the unit? Where does it all go? Well, unless you’ve got a drip pan, it’s going to end up in one of three places. In your porch, in your home, or if you get lucky, it’ll flow away from the home. But, not all of us are that lucky. And we don’t always think about what can happen when water sinks down the side of our home. I’m talking about mold growth.
Unnoticed water damage has a tendency to turn into mold. Mold spores are already floating around us all day in the air. But once it catches on to a dark, warm, moisture filled area, you have all the ingredients for mold growth to begin. Mold will flourish in an area such as this one. I’m sure you’re sitting there thinking, ‘there’s a ton of places in my home with these qualities!’ But without the moisture factor, it’s just dark and dusty. Common spaces for mold growth include basements, crawlspaces, and even under/near your appliances. If you’re concerned about mold in these areas, try to keep them as ventilated as possible. This will help stop the mold from growing.
Structural damage isn’t the only thing you need to worry about. Health risks are also tied into mold damage. Usually it’s just elderly and infants that will be effected by this factor, but that’s not always the case. Even adults can suffer from these health risks. This may include itchy eyes/nose, coughing, wheezing, and even respiratory issues. It all depends on the type of mold and how bad the damage is.
To stop mold in its tracks, call a mold remediation company the second it’s been spotted. This assures that the damage will be taken care of quickly and done the right way. If you have any more questions, call your local remediation company for a free estimate today!