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Mold Damage Can Affect Your Home's Structural Integrity

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Can Affect Your Home's Structural Integrity Don't let mold damage your Colorado Springs home. Our team at SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is available 24/7, and we are here to help you!

Your Home's Structural Integrity Can Be Damaged Due to a Mold Infestation 

Many homes across the United States have mold problems. One of the problems with mold is that it doesn't always appear where you can see it. Without having visible signs of mold present, homeowners often have to wait until they smell the mold spores, and by then, the problem is much greater, and also more difficult to control. If mold is present, it is a sign of higher-than-acceptable levels of humidity. Both mold and humidity can affect the interior of any home, leading to wood beams rotting, deterioration of drywall, peeling of wallpapers and borders, and many other problems. 

Which Homes Can Have Mold? 

When you can smell the musty odor of mold in your Colorado Springs home, mold damage has been able to strike the interior of your home for a while. Mold grows within 48 hours of water coming into contact with mold spores that pre-exist in your home. A 2003 study by the University of Arizona discovered that 100 percent of the homes tested had at least one strain of mold spores present in the interior. Some homes had more than one type of mold spores present. Where these spores are located at in your home is usually unknown, until they become a problem by beginning to grow, and soon becoming visible.  

Because of the mold spore's hardiness and tiny size, it is practically impossible to remove every single spore. However, SERVPRO remediation entails the lowering of humidity and drying up of any standing water from leaks and overflows, plus physical cleaning of the mold growths. Removal and replacement, or repair after a thorough cleaning, of mold damaged areas are also part of the process of mold remediation. Gaining control over the growth of mold in a home is the goal, instead of complete removal of mold and the spores. 

Why You Should Keep Mold Growth to a Minimum 

Mold can cause adverse health effects in people, and so can high humidity level. If a home is hot and humid, pre-existing breathing problems can be exacerbated. If a home is cool and damp, the same is true, but the feeling of dampness can make people living inside feel clammy and chilled, and very uncomfortable. Elderly people will often feel greater muscular and joint pain when a home is air-conditioned with a high humidity level present. Both are detrimental to your home's health, as both are excellent environments for mold to grow rapidly. Using a dehumidifier can keep humidity levels to a reasonable level. Fixing leaks throughout the home is also another way to control humidity and mold growth.  

How We can Help You 

Our professionals are trained in determining not only how much mold is present in your home, and where any growths are located at, but also where water may be coming from. Water can enter into your living space through problematic water lines, or from external sources, such as rainwater that have entered in through a crack or crevice in your home's exterior. We have technology that allows us to see inside your home's structure so we can see where humidity has collected. 

Once we know where the water source is, we can fix the problem. Then we can begin to dehumidify your home with our commercial-grade equipment. This is in addition to the typical dehumidifying treatment, as we use heaters and fans together to quickly dry out the source that has allowed the mold to grow. Then we will inspect for the damage that mold can cause and explain to you the best course of action for your particular situation. We have the training and experience, alongside the latest equipment and current certifications in IICRC technology, to help you get your home back to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.” 

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You can reach our trained remediation professionals by calling SERVPRO of Colorado Springs 24/7 at (719) 574-2789. We can help you regain your home's healthy state quickly. If you think you may have a mold problem, please don't hesitate to call us.