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The truth about mold and mildew: Signs of water damage

Water damage can quickly ruin a property that you wanted to see grow in value. Instead, the damage can hurt your prospects of selling your property for maximum value. The shocking thing about water damage is how fast it can take place. Within just a day or two, it can significantly damage a property, dropping its value immediately.

Fortunately, there are ways to repair water damage. If the damage is a result of faulty equipment or poor workmanship, those who constructed the home may be responsible for repairs.

One of the most important things that you can know is how to spot the early signs of water damage before it can ruin your property, such as:

  • roofing or plumbing leaks
  • sewage back-ups
  • flooding
  • overflowing sinks or bathtubs
  • high humidity
  • damp basements or other spaces in the home

If you notice leaks or that the area around your home is flooding, be cautious. Make sure you look around your home for signs of dampness and condensation. You may wish to install a dehumidifier in a basement or damp room if you notice high humidity in order to reduce the damage being done until you can have a professional take a look at your home.

How long does it take for a home to develop mold or mildew?

Mold and mildew begin to develop as soon as 24 hours after exposure to water. It grows in severity until you take steps to prevent the water damage from recurring. For example, if your pipes are leaking when you flush your toilet, you'll need to fix the pipes before the water exposure stops.

What can you do if you find mold or water damage in your home?

To start with, you need to air out your home. Turn off the main power supply if the wiring has become wet or damp. Open the windows on days when the outside humidity is low. If you have a furnace, use it to heat the house as long as there is not mold or mildew in the ducts. Using a furnace when there is mold in the ducts is dangerous and could cause it to spread.

A professional may need to remove all contaminated materials, like drywall, wood, wall boards and insulation. New insulation and materials may need to be installed in the place of those that were compromised.

These are a few things to know about a moldy or water-damaged home. A professional contractor can assist you with drying out your home and repairing the damage.

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